When people develop eating disorders, it really isn’t about food. Anorexia and bulimia can usually be traced to an underlying emotional issues, where control over food or food as comfort as a way to self-medicate. Often, the condition that leads to restricting food or binging and purging is really anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness is the United States, affecting approximately 40 million adults age 18 and older (18% of the U.S. population). These disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.