If you have experienced an eating disorder or are concerned about a family member, a student, a patient, a colleague or client you will find the latest information you need here.
All of our fact sheets have been developed from evidence based information through collaboration with NEDC staff and eating disorders experts. These resources have been designed to be easy to print and handout to those in need of information. They are available below as downloadable PDF documents.
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious and potentially life threatening mental illness. A person with Anorexia Nervosa has not made a ‘lifestyle choice’ to pursue a socially desirable thin body, they are actually very unwell and need help.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious mental illness that requires treatment; it is not a lifestyle choice.Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by repeated episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is a serious mental illness characterised by regular episodes of binge eating. A person with Binge Eating Disorder will not use compensatory behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting or over-exercising after binge eating. Many people with Binge Eating Disorder are overweight or obese.
Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
A person with Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) may present with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder but will not meet the full criteria for diagnosis of these disorders.
Disordered Eating and Dieting
Disordered eating is when a person regularly engages in destructive eating behaviours such as restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals. Disordered eating and dieting behaviour are the most common indicators of the development of an eating disorder.
Body image is the perception that a person has of their physical self, but more importantly the thoughts and feelings the person experiences as a result of that perception. It is important to understand that these feelings can be positive, negative or a combination of both and are influenced by individual and environmental factors.
Eating Disorders in Males
While eating disorders are often portrayed as disorders that only affect females, one in ten people diagnosed with an eating disorder are male. However, we also know that the under-diagnosis and the cultural stigma boys and men face means that the actual proportion of males with eating disorders could be much higher.