Bar Graphs on Eating Disorders

Bar graphs on eating disorders

These bar graphs on eating disorders clearly show the prevalence of such disorders among Americans, which is greater than many people may imagine. These eating disorders graphs charts show that anorexia is the least common eating disorder, while bulimia is the most common and binge eating disorder falls somewhere in the middle. What these bar graphs on eating disorders do not show, though, is that while anorexia is the least common eating disorder, it happens to be the most deadly. As many as 20 percent of people with the condition die from it.

Eating Disorder Comparison Chart

The Eating Disorder Comparison Chart included here shows how the physical, emotional, behavioral and social symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder compare. When studying these eating disorders graphs charts, you’ll see that while symptoms vary widely from disorder to disorder, they all have a few things in common.

First, if you review the physical symptoms you’ll see that while they vary depending on the condition, all three conditions have very serious physical complications. All can be deadly if people do not receive proper treatment.

Second, you’ll notice from these bar graphs on eating disorders that all three disorders involve abnormal eating habits. In addition to abnormal or unusual behaviors centered around eating, people with eating disorders may have odd beliefs about food or eating. For instance, they may make rules for themselves like they cannot eat after 5:00 in the evening or can only eat white foods. They may believe that eating one tiny square of chocolate will make them gain weight, even though that is physiologically impossible.

Third, you’ll notice from these eating disorders graphs charts that people that suffer from eating disorders have problems in relationships that are at least partly due to their eating disorders. For instance, people with anorexia may refuse to eat in front of others, which may mean they refuse to attend family gatherings where food will be served. This alienates them from family members at a time when they most need support. People with eating disorders may also withdraw from friends and family due to depression or for other reasons, but their disorder also isolates them from others.

You should note, however, that if someone you know fits many of the descriptions on these charts but not all of them, they may still suffer from an eating disorder. These disorders can vary somewhat in appearance from person to person and may change over time in the same person as the illness progresses.

Healthy Dieting vs Anorexia

Dieting is actually healthy for people that are overweight – as long as it’s done in a healthy way, that is. The chart comparing healthy dieting to anorexia shows the difference.

As you can see from these eating disorders graphs charts, healthy dieting is first and foremost about health. Anorexia, on the other hand, is about obsession and control and lack of self-esteem. It’s not at all about health and in fact, as you can see from these bar graphs on eating disorders that list physical complications of anorexia, it’s detrimental to one’s health.

From all of these bar graphs on eating disorders, you can see that anorexia and other eating disorders are not just disordered ways of eating, they are also disordered ways of thinking. These eating disorders graphs charts show that eating disorders are complex conditions that encompass many areas of a person’s life, and as such, they require complex, comprehensive treatment. While we do not show any graphs here regarding treatment for eating disorders, you should know that effective treatment generally includes medical care, mental health care and nutritional counseling.

More than bar graphs on eating disorders on our eating disorder statistics page

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