Eating disorders are highly complex psychological illnesses which can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, class, culture or sexual orientation.
Eating disorders are co-morbid which means that they usually exist with other psychological conditions, e.g. depression.
Eating disorders develop over a long period of time as a result of either one, or a combination of emotional, psychological, social, inter-personal and even biological factors. Consequently, eating disorders are coping mechanisams for underlying distressing issues.
Last, but not least, eating disorders are the most fatal of psychological illnesses.