Eating disorders

Eating disorders is an umbrella term used to describe the set of conditions characterised by disordered eating patterns, the most common of these being anorexia and bulimia.

Although each eating disorder is different, a common finding in most people with eating disorders is the presence of a low self-esteem and strong need to feel in control.

Self-care and getting support from others is vital in recovering from an eating disorder and feeling happy again.

Key points

  1. Learn about eating disorders to help you make sense of how you feel and seek help early. The longer you leave it, the harder it is to get well.
  2. Make a decision to recover, see your doctor and get the treatment you need.
  3. Don’t be so hard on yourself – seek support and learn strategies to help you deal with negative emotions and thoughts
  4. Learn about nutrition and develop a healthy relationship with food
  5. Learn tips to improve your body image
  6. Feeling good about yourself is key – make time for pleasurable activities and spend time with people who can boost your mood

Learn more

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Go to the Anorexia or Bulimia sections.