What are eating disorders?
An eating disorder is a term used to describe conditions characterised by difficulties in eating, emotional distress, and the consequences of these difficulties.
A sign of the presence of an eating disorder can be that food, eating it, or avoiding it, has started to take over your life. It can be that you don’t enjoy going to the cinema with friends, or going for a meal with your family on a special occasion. Lunchtime in school might present problems for you, also. These are just a few examples.
All eating disorders involve unhealthy eating patterns that begin gradually and build to the point where a person feels unable to control them. All eating disorders can lead to serious health consequences, and all involve emotional distress.
Some people think it’s biological, some think it has to do with families, and others think it has to do with society or psychological factors.