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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a symptom of a much bigger problem. It is usually associated with our body image, our self-consciousness, our sense of identity and our inner self-esteem.

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are complex diseases caused by a range of factors and with a variety of symptoms. They are serious mental illnesses and can be life-threatening.

There is a close relationship between anxiety and eating disorders and it is an extremely challenging condition to overcome. Eating disorders are prevalent in many cultures and nationalities and can affect men and women.

We all need to eat to stay alive. It is important that the food we eat provides a balanced diet which meets all our nutritional needs. However, sometimes our relationship with food becomes unbalanced or unhealthy and this can lead to eating disorders.

Types of Eating Disorders

The most common eating disorders are:

  • Bulimia — binge eating followed by purging.
  • Anorexia nervosa — abnormally low weight due to distorted body image and warped weight perception.
  • Binge eating — eating excessively huge amounts of food in a short space of time.
  • Orthorexia — an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating and exercise.
  • Food addiction — compulsive consumption of certain foods (usually high fat/high sugar).

Causes of Eating Disorders

As with all mental health conditions, eating disorders have a variety of causes such as:

Eating Disorders Symptoms

Eating disorders have a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Obsession with calorie-counting and food content.
  • Depression.
  • Weight fluctuation.
  • Avoidance of social events and family gatherings.
  • Chronic dieting.
  • Fixation with exercise.
  • Bizarre eating patterns — only eating certain foods.

It is vital that people with eating disorders get the medical help and support they need to regain control of their lives.

Downloadable Eating Disorders Resources

[Resource Pack thumbnail] Dealing with Addiction

Dealing with Addiction

Providing the facts about substance abuse, gambling, gaming & food addiction as well as how to help people recover from addiction.

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Eating Disorders Lesson Plans

[Lesson Plan thumbnail] Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

This lesson plan covers healthy eating, different food types and how to develop a healthy diet.

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