Eating disorders occur when people become too focused on their weight, body shape and food, and develop dangerous eating behaviors. Eating disorders can harm the heart, digestive system, and teeth and mouth, and can lead to other diseases.
The most common eating disorders are binge-eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders often develop in the teen and young adult years, although they can develop at other times as well. Their exact causes are not known, but they are likely complex and may stem from a combination of biological, psychological, family, genetic, environmental and social factors.
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