In the United States today, eating disorders have become more and more prevalent, affecting about 20 million women and 10 million men. One of the most commonly seen eating disorders is bulimia, characterized by frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food followed by behaviors to prohibit weight gain, including vomiting and the use of laxatives. During episodes of binge eating, suffers often report feeling a loss of control. Although men do also suffer from bulimia, women are more commonly diagnosed, accounting for 80% of cases. Up to 4% of women will have bulimia in their lifetime that is considered clinically significant, and 3.9% will die from the disorder.
Psychological disorders that are characterized by abnormal, unhealthy eating habits are considered eating disorders. In the United States, currently 20 million women and 10 million men are suffering from eating disorders. While this number is exceptionally high, this statistic only counts cases considered clinically significant, indicating there are likely many more undocumented cases. Neurofeedback works to improve brain function to help those struggling in recovery.