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Keywords:

  • anorexia;
  • body image;
  • binge eating;
  • bulimia;
  • eating disorder;
  • weight

Abstract

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, affect approximately 14 million people in the U.S., three-fourths of whom are female. Contrary to popular belief, eating disorders affect people of all ages. Women's health nurses can play a vital role in identifying adolescents and women who may be suffering from an eating disorder and referring them for specialized treatment.