As a result of the ever present pressure to be thin, eating disorders have become an American epidemic with a disturbingly young average age onset. In addition to young children, eating disorders have become increasingly prevalent among college students. Despite the growing concern of parents and educators, and the increased amount of research and public awareness regarding the physical and emotional ramifications associated with these disorders, the numbers continue to rise.
Discuss the history, characteristics, symptoms, and criteria for diagnosis, causes, risks, and treatments of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Compare and contrast anorexia and bulimia as well as bulimia and binge-eating disorders. Research the available resources in your area and (if applicable) on your campus that help individuals who suffer from eating disorders.
Provide factual documentation from at least two peer reviewed sources and include the reference citations within your discussion response using APA format. This assignment must be at least 600 words (not including the Cover page and Reference page) to meet the minimum requirement.