Dr. Emran is joined by high school interns, Rosa, Thomas, and Victoria, to discuss anorexia nervosa and bulimia. These are psychological and potentially life-threatening eating disorders.
They examine a sensitive case study of Rosa’s close friend who has been diagnosed with anorexia for several years. After a thorough explanation of the differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia, Dr. Emran discusses its complex biological, psychological, and socio-cultural causes.
The group then explores some common behaviors seen in people with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders that can develop. Lastly, they discuss the stigma and cultural barriers present in society that can prevent those suffering with mental illnesses from seeking professional help.
Dr. Emran provides advice to how we can help loved ones find effective treatment and recovery.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It is a serious yet common problem that affects an increasingly large number of people -both men and women. It is imperative that we build individual and community awareness to eliminate the stigma and its consequences.