Millions of people from around the world are affected by eating disorders, a medical condition that affects both men and women. These conditions can occur at any time during a lifespan, but the average age of onset is fourteen. Eating disorders can have a devastating effect on health and on relationships. Those suffering from these disorders frequently have low self-esteem, and really don’t see themselves as they appear to others. They generally suffer from poor body image, believing that they are overweight even when they are emaciated. The damage caused by these conditions can be life threatening and long-term.