Pennsylvania is the nation's epicenter for treatment and recovery of eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex and serious psychological conditions that can affect all cultures, genders and ages, most prominently in Western countries. Body dissatisfaction and body dysphoria are the believed to be the main factors that lead to eating disorders, but the root cause of these symptoms is unknown. There are many socio-cultural factors that contribute to the epidemic. Media is often blamed for perpetuating unrealistic body standards, but along with social pressures, research shows genetics and mental illness to be influences that have led to clinically severe cases of eating disorders.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from eating disorders at some point in their lives. The most severe and common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa claims mor
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