Eating disorders are problems associated with food, eating and body image. People will usually feel unhappy about them self, their appearance and they focus on food as the issue. These problems can become serious for the individual affecting all aspects of their life.
These conditions can affect the person's well-being seriously, sometimes they have serious medical complications and can even threaten their life. People suffering from an eating disorder can have problems with weight management, body weight and shape and eating habits.
Eating disorders affect females, however, one in ten with an eating disorder is male. In Australia, anorexia nervosa affects 0.5 per cent of females. Bulimia nervosa 2-3 per cent and other eating disorders 2-3 per cent approximately.
Symptoms of Eating Disorders include
Types of Eating Disorder
People with anorexia will tend to exhibit the following behaviours.
People with bulimia will exhibit the following behaviours.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
People with binge eating will exhibit the following behaviours
Health Problems from Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can lead to serious health problems. Malnutrition or Starvation can lead to osteoporosis, kidney problems, heart problems, constipation or diarrhoea, fainting and headaches. Vomiting exposes the teeth to stomach acid which causes decay and abdominal pain. Laxatives cause constipation or diarrhoea, dehydration and bowel disease.
Eating disorders lead to difficulties in concentrating, at studying or work. They increase the chance of having depression, anxiety, substance misuse, irritability and moodiness.