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BU Hosts Talk on Eating Disorders and Their Misconceptions

By Emily Girsch.
It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and BU hosted an event Monday night about common misconceptions when it comes to these diseases.

The talk was called "Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate" and Norman Kim from Reasons Eating Disorder Center dispelled some common myths about these illnesses.

He said young white females aren't the only ones affected.

All races, genders and sexual orientations are.

He also said anxiety is the root cause of these illnesses.

"I think understanding eating disorders as anxiety disorders, you might start broadening your picture of what somebody with an eating disorder might look like," said Norman.

In addition, Binge Eating Disorder was just added to the list of mental illnesses in 2013.

Kim also said excessive exercise, or anorexia athletica, is also an eating disorder.

Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, in addition to being the leading cause of death in women, ages 15-24.