According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the National Institute of Mental Health, between five and ten million Americans suffer from eating disorders. The vast majority are female, although an estimated five to ten percent of people with anorexia or bulimia, as well as thirty-five percent of those with binge-eating disorders, are male. The Truth About Eating Disorders is a comprehensive A-to-Z guide addressing everything from the lifelong effects of anorexia to the pressures and stresses that often lead to one or more of these disorders. Offering important facts, testimonies, and demonstrations that illustrate the serious dangers of eating disorders, this volume helps teens find a healthier way to deal with their problems. Personal testimonies and question-and-answer segments provide a real-life perspective, and charts and graphs add a visually stimulating element to this crucial reference. Topics include: Caloric intake and expenditures; Causes of eating disorders; Fad diets; Obesity Weight control.