What are eating disorders?
An eating disorder is when someone develops an unhealthy attitude towards food. Anyone can develop an eating disorder, whether or not they have shown any signs of it in the past. The most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating or OSFED. Eating disorders may be triggered by any number of events, and the sufferer may be unaware themselves that they’re suffering.
What are the common signs of an eating disorder?
Whilst anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, its most commonly seen amongst females between 13 and 17 years old. Symptoms of someone suffering with an eating disorder include:
What if you think someone you know if affected by an eating disorder?
If you believe that someone you know may be suffering with an eating disorder, there are several simple steps that you can take to support them. These include:
If you’re worried that you or a friend may be suffering from an eating disorder, it’s important you ensure professional help is sought as soon as possible. For more information about what support is out there, visit the Beat Eating Disorders website.
For further advice and information on how eating disorders will be professionally treated, you can visit the NHS website.
Battling eating disorders and raising awareness is something that we as a charity feel strongly about. For advice, valuable resources and support, visit the Beat Eating Disorders website or speak to someone you trust at BYHP.
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