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How Eating Disorders Affect People Differently

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Dieting and an obsession with "healthy eating" can be signs of a problem, but they are often overlooked in a culture where these behaviors are seen as the norm.
Air Date: 1/15/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Ovidio Bermudez, MD
Ovidio Bermudez Ovidio Bermudez, MD, is the Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

He is Past Chairman and Senior Advisor on Media for the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders
How Eating Disorders Affect People Differently
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, it's estimated that eating disorders affect over 11 million people in the U.S.

Studies have shown that at least one in 20 individuals (and one in 10 teenage girls) have displayed key symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, but never address the disorder because they don't fully meet the diagnostic criteria.

However, there are several different types of eating disorders and each kind affects each person differently.

For example, just because someone has a larger body doesn't mean they don't take good care of their physical and mental health. And, just because someone is closer to the mainstream image of a healthy body doesn't mean that person is healthy.

Listen in as Ovidio Bermudez, MD, shares the signs of an eating disorder and how it affects people differently.
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