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Eating disorders

Eating disorders become noticeable through an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food, with damaging results to their health.

Eating disorders include a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and in social situations. The most common eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia nervosa, when someone tries to keep their weight as low as possible, for example by starving themselves or exercising excessively.
  • Bulimia, when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately being sick or using laxatives (medication to help empty their bowels).
  • Binge eating, when someone feels compelled to overeat.

Useful Websites for Eating Disorder Information

Last updated 17 September 2020

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