What is an eating disorder? An eating disorder is a behaviour towards food that is not normal. People with eating disorders normally have an unhealthy attitude towards food. For example, they may not like eating food because they think food will make them fat. Eating disorders are mental health issues.
Different Eating Disorders
- What is anorexia? Anorexia is an eating disorder. People who have anorexia want to weigh as little as possible. They want to be thin. People with anorexia sometimes starve themselves, or exercise too much.
- What is bulimia? Bulimia is an eating disorder. People with bulimia eat food and then make themselves sick because they think being sick will help them to lose weight. Some people with bulimia take laxative pills because laxatives empty the bowel quickly (make people go to the toilet a lot).
- What is binge eating? Binge eating means eating lots of food at once. People normally binge eat in private and keep their eating habits a secret.
Can eating disorders be fatal? Yes. The BBC News have warned people that eating disorders can be fatal. For example, bulimia can cause a heart attack.
Are you worried you have an eating disorder, or someone you know has an eating disorder? If yes, it is important to get help. Take action and visit your Doctor. If you are feeling low and think it would help to talk to someone in BSL, contact SignHealth’s BSL Healthy Minds service.
Medical information about eating disorders: Visit NHS Choices
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