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Feeding and Eating Disorders Basics

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Introduction to Feeding and Eating Disorders

Feeding and eating disorders refer to a group of mental illnesses in which people tend to have abnormal eating habits, such as eating too less or too much food. This can eventually show some serious physical consequences, like extreme thinness or being overweight and in severe cases be life threatening. Feeding and eating disorders are serious, but treatable medical illnesses. They may frequently occur with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. Feeding and eating disorders frequently appear during teens or young adulthood but may also develop during infancy and childhood.

What Does the New Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Say?

The DSM, which is complied and released by the ‘American Psychiatric Association’, has recently (May 2013) been updated to DSM-5. The new guidelines have combined all types of eating disorders in adults as well as infants and children, and presented them under the category of ‘Feeding and Eating Disorders.’

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