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As many as 10 million women and 1 million men suffer from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa (in which victims eat too little and become painfully thin) and bulimia (binge eating followed by purging via self-induced vomiting or laxatives), according to studies cited by the nonprofit National Eating Disorders Association. The studies are the most recent estimates as of February 2010. Millions more suffer from binge eating disorder.

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Dr. Murray B. Stein is a professor of psychiatry and family and preventive medicine at UCSD and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program at UCSD and at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His research interests include the neurobiology, epidemiology and treatment of anxiety disorders including social phobia, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Dr. Lewis L. Judd is chair of the psychiatry department at the UCSD School of Medicine. Judd, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health from 1987 to 1990, is internationally known for his pioneering work in the biological causes of mental illness, the development of effective drugs to treat diseases such as depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia, and the advocacy of equitable treatment and insurance reimbursement for mental health patients.

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