What Does it Mean to Have an Eating Disorder?
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What Does it Mean to Have an Eating Disorder?

Introduction

 

Roughly 9 percent of the population deals with eating disorders. That may seem like a small number, but it still works out to roughly 28.8 million Americans.

 

Many people struggle with eating disorders or know someone who struggles. In either case, it can be hard to know where to turn for help or accurate information.

 

For those who are feeling uncertain, some of the most common questions about eating disorders are answered below.

 

 

What Is the Difference Between a Diet and an Eating Disorder?

 

It’s not always easy to tell when someone is simply on a diet and committed to sticking to it and when they’ve developed an eating disorder. Also, part of this confusion stems from the fact that an eating disorder can often start with someone going on a diet (typically because they want to lose weight).

 

According to the American Psychological Association, an eating disorde