Eating disorders are both a mental and physical health concern, as severe weight loss often leads to other physical and emotional complications.
The two most well-known eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.
Living with anorexia can be very challenging. Without treatment, anorexia can become life-threatening, since limiting your nutrition long-term can have very serious health issues.
Living with bulimia can mean serious digestive disorders and other physical illnesses over time. People with bulimia also typically suffer from depression and guilt over the bingeing and purging associated with this disorder.
Those diagnosed with an eating disorder may often deny that a problem exists and may think or feel that 'nothing is wrong.' Sometimes, denial can mean that accessing help for the person with symptoms of an eating disorder is difficult. However, people with eating disorders can and do recover and there is treatment available for those who need it.
Important to note
Some people may not have a diagnosed eating disorder, but their eating behaviours may affect their well-being and affect their health. Signs of “disordered eating” should be taken seriously, and early help for concerns is recommended It’s also very important not to make assumptions about symptoms or behaviours based on someone’s body size. People who have eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes.
Don’t underestimate an eating disorder simply because of someone’s body size or shape. Eating disorders affect people of all genders and all ages.
Dieting is the number one contributing factor to the development of an eating disorder. While not everyone who diets will develop an eating disorder, almost every eating disorder begins with a diet that was intended to lose weight.