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All forms of eating disorders impacts the suffering individual as well as family, friends, employers and the community. The emotional and physical effects are devastating. The financial impact of eating disorders is rarely considered.
For the binge eater, the cost of food – whether eating at home or in the community – can be significant. But beyond this, all individuals who suffer from eating disorders worry about the cost of treatment, therapy, medications, hospitalizations and health insurance. In many cases, continuing treatment is needed. Eating disorders can trigger other medial issues, such as tooth loss and gum disease, heart conditions, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and digestive problems. Treatment for these conditions creates additional long-term financial hardship.
Those actively struggling with eating disorders lose jobs, are unable to continue school, and have difficulty maintaining health insurance. Their struggle for control of their bodies can actually create emotional, financial and physical dependence on those that love and support them.