Department of Psychiatry

Eating Disorders Resources

Anorexia and bulimia are disorders of eating and body perception that largely, but not exclusively, affect women. The disorders are relatively rare: anorexia affecting about 0.5% of women and bulimia about 1-2%. Since the 1950's the prevalence of eating disorders has increased. Experts believe this may be the result of modern standards of attractiveness that have established thinness as a desired characteristic of ideal body shape. Many more individuals have problematic eating behaviors than meet formal criteria for an eating disorder. For many anorexia and bulimia cause considerable interference with role function and relationships, for some the conditions are life threatening. Many suffer silently with these disorders despite the availability of effective medical, psychotherapeutic and supportive treatments for the disorders.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about eating disorders, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by the disorder. The sites have been selected as reliable sources of information, but we cannot say that all the information contained within any one website is currently accurate.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about eating disorders on the internet.