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What is an Eating Disorder?


What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders involve disturbed eating habits and weight control behaviour that disrupts a person’s physical and psychosocial functioning. Disturbed eating habits may take the form of restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupation with food, and altered mealtime behaviours. Disturbed weight control behaviour can include excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives.  

Sufferers can experience dramatic personality changes, fatigue, apathy, social withdrawal, and extreme preoccupation with food, weight and shape. Eating disorders are serious as they carry medical consequences include growth problems, heart problems and, in some cases can be fatal.

Boys and girls can both suffer from Eating disorders and may even be under diagnosed in males because they are less likely to seek help. Types of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Atypical Eating disorders.

For clear information on the different types of eating disorders and their signs and symptoms click here.




Last Updated: 30 September 2020