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Eating Disorders

This guide provides information and resources about different types of eating disorders.

Films on Demand Service

There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.


A lifelong battle for health is at the center of this captivating story about eating disorders. Jennifer Slack bravely shares the details of her life—how she recognized her condition, and how she continuously works to battle her disease. Experts discuss new treatments for eating disorders, reflecting on how the management of eating disorders has changed since Jennifer was diagnosed 30 years ago.

A ground-breaking experimental treatment undertaken by Toronto doctors may be giving patients suffering from extreme forms of anorexia nervosa their last chance to live a long and healthy life. The debilitating eating disorder causes patients to develop a distorted view of their own bodies and become obsessed with being thin; typically limiting the amount of food they eat dramatically. The treatment, called deep brain stimulation, or DBS, has been used to treat a number of other conditions, but this is the first time it is being used with anorexia patients. This program chronicles the treatment of two patients over a period of eighteen months, revealing the findings of this innovative study.

Here are 10 different types of eating disorders explained in this short educational video. Disordered eating habits are serious psychological conditions, they are way more common than you think, and they can affect anyone - regardless of their age or gender. There are a number of conditions that express themselves in disturbed or abnormal eating habits. Eating disorder causes are typically found in an obsession with body weight or shape; or an obsession with food. Also, there are many other dangerous, yet lesser-known eating disorders out there. Even though there are lots of people who suffer with disordered eating, there is still a stigma attached to them. Thus, it is incredibly important to bring awareness to the different types of eating disorders and the consequences that can arise from them.

Laurie Fortlage MS, RD, discusses the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program provides individualized, compassionate, evidence-based care for patients age 8-24 with eating disorders. We recognize that eating disorders are complicated illnesses caused by genetic, psychological and psychosocial factors, and that neither our patients nor their families are responsible for having developed an eating disorder. Our program was designed to honor the importance of families in the recovery process, and is built on the principles of family-based treatment, also known as the Maudsley Approach, adapted for both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment settings. We provide a safe and therapeutic environment where nutritional restoration and behavior change can occur. Our focus is to help patients, families, and others recognize their own strengths and empower them to take control of symptoms.