Eating disorders

Eating disorders can affect both men and women, and are serious, treatable medical illnesses. An eating disorder is characterized as an illness that causes disturbance to a healthy, normal diet, including eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. Many times these patterns are caused by an exaggerated or unrealistic body image, and can coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders.

The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Eating disorders typically appear during the teen years or young adulthood, but may also develop during childhood or later in life.

Dr. Gersman is a member of several professional societies focused on eating disorder research and treatment, including the Academy for Eating Disorders and the National Eating Disorders Association.