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
- Pan Sussex Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service
- National Eating Disorder Association
- Academy of Eating Disorders
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
- ED Referral
- Maria Christina Santos
- Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders
- National Eating Disorders Association
- American Diabetic Association
- Women’s Health Zone
- Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorder
- CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
Last updated 17 September 2020