Eating disorders are serious and potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. There are several types of eating disorders. Some people struggle with one predominately, while others bounce from one type to the next. Regardless of the specific eating disorder, severe and sometimes permanent damage can result from any of them. Eating disorders are very common today, but frequently go undetected due to their secretive nature. It’s important to be aware of eating disorder signs and symptoms so you can recognize that you have a problem – or that someone you know may be struggling.