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					The two major eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. Both are serious conditions
that often require medical attention. These conditions affect both men and women
alike, but men are often in the minority of sufferers. Statistics show that eating
disorders are widespread and can be silent killers if left untreated. Consider that 1 in
200 women suffer from anorexia and 2-3 women in 100 suffer from bulimia. 15-20%
of people suffering from any eating disorder are comprised of men. If left untreated,
the mortality rate of severe disorders can be as high as 20%. If you suspect that a
loved one is suffering from one of these silent killers, there are things you can do to
help.
  Some signs and symptoms may be leading you to believe that you may know
someone that is suffering from an eating disorder. Trademark characteristics of
anorexia and bulimia include a sudden, severe and/or unexplained weight loss.
Sufferers will often complain of their current weight or size even if they fall in the
normal or underweight range. They can become preoccupied with the calorie and fat
content of food. Sometimes a sufferer will avoid eating in front of others, or go to the
restroom immediately after eating. If the person purges after eating, running water for
lengthy periods may mask vomiting sounds. The list of warning signs goes on and on.
  Helping someone with an eating disorder is not an easy task. Often times, emotional
issues are at the root of anorexia and bulimia. It is important to gather as much
information as you can relating to the disorder you suspect. Find an appropriate time
to approach the subject with your loved-one, free of interruptions. Be as specific as
you can when you list your concerns about the person and offer the information that
you have gathered that may help the sufferer. Because denial is often part of the
disease, it may be difficult for the person to acknowledge his or her condition.
  Encourage your loved one to seek professional help for the condition. If you are a
parent of a child under 18, you may need to use harsher intervention such as admitting
the child to the hospital for immediate care. Never be judgmental towards the sufferer
and offer to really listen to the person's concerns. Remember that knowledge is your
best defense against eating disorders. Online support groups are available for sufferers
as well as friends and family. Take advantage of as many resources as possible.
  Eating Disorder Treatment Reviews accepts submitted reviews for a variety of well
known eating disorder treatment facilities. If you or someone you know has been to
one of these centers, or is seeking help, contribute by submitting reviews and adding
comments. Currently we have several great Rosewood Ranch reviews, but we are
seeking more and we need your help to help others.

				
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