To many, the words “eating disorder” lead to images of an emaciated young woman struggling to feed herself. In reality, eating disorders aren’t just about restricting food intake. These dangerous mental illnesses can include overeating, over-exercising and even a fear of certain foods, and they affect people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds. And though the illnesses are often secretive and hidden, an estimated 20 million American women and 10 million American men will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

Callie Crossley speaks with two Boston experts about the rise of eating disorders in America and helps to dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding these deadly disorders.


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