What to do if you, someone you know suffers from an eating disorder - KGUN9.com

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  Rapper Pitbull's song "Timber," featuring Kesha is sitting at number two on the Billboard charts.

And now, in the middle of her success, an announcement that she has an eating disorder.

In a statement to ABC news, the 26-year-old said, "I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days,seeking treatment for my eating disorder to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am."

The National Eating Disorders Association says 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. And often, people don't realize someone close to them is affected.

We talked to a local expert about what you should do.

"You've {got to} get them professional help," said Charles Raison, Associate Professor of Psychiatry. "There are people in the community who work with eating disorders, psychologists, psychiatrists, there are some very famous eating disorder programs here..."Identify a mental health expert that specifically deals with eating disorders. It's a specialized skill."

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