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What is an eating disorder?
Here’s what you need to know about eating disorders:
- You can’t always tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them
- Both girls and guys of any age can develop an eating disorder
- Eating disorders are not a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention
- Sometimes eating disorders develop as a way for someone to feel in control of emotions or something that is happening in their life
- Eating disorders can have a lifelong impact on someone’s health
- Eating disorders are very serious and it’s important to get support
- Help is available and recovery is possible
Types of eating disorders
Eating disorders can come in many forms. Here are the most common:
Binge Eating Disorder
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)
How to tell if your relationship with food is becoming unhealthy?
Recognising the signs and symptoms
How you look:
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Your look tired and worn-out
- Your clothing style has changed
- Changes in the way your hair, skin and nails look
You may feel:
- Unhappy with your body shape or size
- Worried, upset or guilty after eating
- Moody, irritable or have low energy
- Faint, dizzy or weak
- Nervous or out of control around food
- Cold all the time – even in warm weather
How you act:
- Steal or hide food
- Withdraw from your friends
- Exercise often or excessively
- Vomit after meals or use laxatives
- Eat in secret or avoid eating with others
- Diet, overeat, fast or change the way you eat
How you think:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Have a strong fear of gaining weight
- View your body differently than others do
- Worried about what you eat or the way you eat
- Constantly think about food, eating or body weight
Who can help?
You're not alone
With help you can start to change your relationship with food
If you notice any of these signs or you’re worried about your eating and exercise habits – we’re here to help.
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