A comprehensive guide to symptoms, tips for intervention & treatment

Disordered eating covers a broad range of conditions, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. But there’s a much larger percentage of people (5 to 20 percent) who struggle with symptoms that do not meet the full criteria of a problematic eating pattern.

For example, some may purge at times but not often enough to signify bulimia. Like full-blown eating disorders, these below-threshold conditions can lead to significant distress, impacting a person’s overall health and quality of life.

Regardless of type, disordered eating triggers a variety of challenges when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Recognizing the problem is often the hardest yet most important first step. Here, Leslie Heinberg, PhD, Vice Chair for Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, shares some vital insights on identifying and battling disordered eating.

Debunking some common misconceptions

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