Eating disorders, which can often be overlooked, are complex and devastating conditions that have very serious consequences for your health, overall well-being, and relationships. They are not a lifestyle, fad, or a phase. People who suffer from eating disorders can greatly benefit from professional help. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening. In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.