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Eating disorders can affect people of any age or gender. They can also present themselves in many different ways. However, the feature that connects them is they all show a harmful relationship with food.
Someone with an eating disorder may be constantly worried about their weight or appearance, even if they are perfectly healthy. They may overeat, undereat or make consistently unhealthy diet choices.
It's often up to friends and family members to notice the symptoms and encourage that person to seek help.
There are a number of different eating disorders, all of which have their own symptoms.
Some of the most common eating disorders include:
It's not always easy for you to tell if you have an eating disorder. Often, it'll be a friend or family member who first mentions the subject.
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Whichever eating disorder you are diagnosed with, the key to successful treatment is identifying and addressing the feelings causing your unhealthy relationship with food.
A doctor might recommend a self-help manual, or you could be invited to attend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), where you’ll look at ways of managing the thoughts that lead to your eating disorder.
Other options include psychotherapy, counselling and, where appropriate, medication to combat symptoms such as depression and anxiety.
With so many people experiencing these issues, it’s perhaps no surprise that there are also plenty of support groups available, should you wish to use them.
It’s important that you’re completely honest with your doctor in order for them to help you. We know that recognising you need help is often the hardest part of overcoming any mental health issue and our doctors will guide you through this vital first step on the road to recovery.
The answer to this question is more complex than many people think.
While social and media pressure to look a certain way can have an impact, the reasons behind an eating disorder are often unique to the particular person.
Causes can include: