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Eating disorders

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Food helps us to grow and play

Eating healthy food is an important way to help your body grow and become strong. 

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Some kids might have problems with food

They may worry about their body and the way it looks. Sometimes this can make them eat too little or too much, or try to make themselves throw up after they eat.

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Eating problems are very serious

Not eating enough food or throwing up after you eat can cause problems with your body and make you sick.

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Sometimes eating problems can turn into eating disorders

An eating disorder is when somebody eats too much or too little for a very long time. They feel they can’t stop, even when it’s making them sick and unhappy.

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Having an eating problem or disorder can be very scary

You may feel out of control, worried, sad or scared. These feelings can be hard to deal with, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone.

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Getting help

If you’re worried about your eating, talk to someone you trust. This can be a parent, teacher, counsellor or Kids Helpline. With help you can start to feel and get better.

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We're here for you

Give us a call, send an email or talk with us on WebChat.

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This content was last reviewed 18/04/2019