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How Much Do You Know About Eating Disorders?

Many of us turn to dieting to shed a few extra pounds, but for some people, dieting becomes an obsession that turns into an eating disorder. Researchers aren't sure why this happens, but they do know that the topic of appetite control is quite complex. This quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Mental Health, provides helpful information on eating disorders.

1. A person with an eating disorder isn't trying hard enough to eat right.
2. The three main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
3. Gender appears to have no bearing on whether a person develops an eating disorder.
4. Older adults are particularly susceptible to eating disorders.
5. People with anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin.
6. Like those with anorexia, people with bulimia become very thin.
7. People with binge-eating disorder feel out of control during a binge episode.
8. People with eating disorders often don't realize they are ill or they hide their condition.