Eating Disorders Explained

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses; they are not a lifestyle choice or a diet gone ‘too far’.
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Disordered Eating & Dieting

Disordered eating is a disturbed and unhealthy eating pattern that can include restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals.

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Body Image

Body image is a person's perception of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings, positive, negative or both, which result from that perception. 

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Obesity & Eating Disorders

Obesity is a term used to describe higher body weight; it is a risk factor for a range of cardio-metabolic illnesses, and is also associated with poor mental health.

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Risk & Protective Factors

Like most other psychiatric and health conditions, the development of eating disorders is likely to involve a combination of complex factors, including psychological, sociocultural and genetic. 

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Myths

Research indicates that there are generally low levels of mental health literacy in the community; however, general beliefs and misunderstanding about mental health affect community responses to eating disorders.

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