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Eating Disorders - Disability Claim

Eating disorders are illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight, image or shape. Although these conditions are treatable, most insurance companies refuse coverage for treatment, especially if the recommended treatment spans for an extended period of time or includes inpatient care.

Eating Disorders   

There are three types of eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa is defined as an extreme fear of gaining weight, so people suffering from this illness will strictly limit the quantity of food they consume and view themselves as overweight, even though they are actually underweight. Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by repeated binge eating followed by purging to compensate for overeating. Although most view eating disorders as losing weight, there is also Binge Eating Disorder, where individuals inflicted with this illness will frequently lose control over his or her eating. Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, people with Binge Eating Disorder do not purge and because of this are usually obese and vulnerable to other injuring effects, such as cardiovascular disease. If left untreated, each type of eating disorder can lead to more injuries, disorders or complications, including death.

Share Lawyers, we have extensive experience in handling cases involving eating disorders, and we understand the patience and compassion that is needed to handle such a case. When you are suffering from this disorder, you are not at your best and we provide the sound, compassionate and steady legal advice to help navigate your way through your insurance claim. We will work with you towards a fair and equitable resolution of your eating disorder disability claim.

We would encourage you to contact us to consult further about your claim, to see if we can be of assistance to you and your family.

Facts & Figures - Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can develop at any stage of life, but typically appear during young adulthood or teen years. They are classified as mental illness and commonly coexist with other conditions, such as anxiety, substance abuse or depression. A man or woman suffering from an eating disorder may show several signs and symptoms, including chronic dieting despite being underweight, constant weight fluctuations, obsession with calories of food and depression.

Fact: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Fact: In Canada, eating disorders are the most common chronic illness in the female adolescent population.

Fact: In 2005, more than 500,000 Canadians suffered from some sort of eating disorder.

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