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Eating Disorders Today —Not Just a Girl Thing

Hepworth, Kimberly

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181dd7976
Feature: CE Connection

Most people envision eating disorders occurring in young women with anorexia or bulimia. Today, disordered eating is increasingly prevalent in males and in every age group, along with new terms: binge eating, bigorexia, orthorexia, and diabulimia. Healthcare providers aware of and knowledgeable about eating disorders, signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment are better able to screen patients, assist them in receiving help earlier, and increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

Eating disorders are increasingly common in both sexes and all age groups, and new disorders have been identified. Increase your knowledge to assist those who need help.

Kimberly Hepworth, MSN, RN, is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in orthopedics. She is also a former high school, middle school, and elementary school teacher. She lives with her family in Reno, Nevada.

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