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  • When someone has an eating disorder they will feel that their relationship with food is out of control
  • Both men and women get eating disorders
  • People with anorexia try to eat as little food as possible and can exercise to extremes
  • People with bulimia eat to feel happy but feel guilty and ashamed so try to get the food out of their bodies before it is digested.

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LonelyWhat is an eating disorder?

Whatever age we are, two things are important: Food and feeling good about ourselves. Eating disorders are where both of these things get confused and begin to cause people really serious problems. Food is really important because it's what keeps us alive and feeling good about ourselves is what helps to get on in the world and be happy.

• Anorexia is where someone becomes so worried about becoming overweight that they try to eat less and less food. They might also exercise far more than is sensible. This is different from dieting and keeping healthy. When people diet and exercise, they have an idea of a healthy weight they would like to reach. People with anorexia can't see when they have reached that point and keep exercising and avoiding food until they make themselves very ill.

• Bulimia is also where someone wants to lose weight. People with Bulimia eat to feel happy but also feel guilty, scared and worried about becoming overweight. They will often eat lots of food then make themselves sick or use laxatives. For people with anorexia or bulimia, food becomes something that makes them scared and worried and makes them feel o

Both conditions can be life threatening because they stop your body getting the nourishment that it needs. Although eating disorders are more common in women, more men are now experiencing them. In both, people feel guilty about not being in control of their own bodies.
ut of control.

What causes an Eating Disorder?

Many people who develop an eating disorder are between 13 and 17 years old. This is a time of emotional and physical changes, school pressures, and a greater degree of peer pressure. Although teenagers feel greater independence, they might feel that they are not in control of their personal freedom and, sometimes,
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of their bodies.

Eating disorders can grow from being unhappy about our bodies and how they are changing. They are often linked to feeling negative about ourselves and can result from situations where we have felt powerless about other things in our lives. Although anorexia or bulimia might begin when someone diets or starts to exercise, this isn't usually the reason why that this turns into something that they find difficult to control.

Some people think that unrealistic images of people's bodies in the media make it more difficult to see their own bodies as healthy and normal.

Many people with eating disorders also can be depressed or anxious, or have other mental health problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). There is also evidence that eating disorders may run in families.

Getting Help

It can be really hard to seek help for an eating disorder, as both anorexia and bulimia make people secretive about what they eat. Sometimes, people will wear baggy clothes to cover up how much weight they have lost, and will lie to others about what they have eaten. Even though people know that what they are doing is unhealthy, they might still try to do things to make sure no one notices.

Talk to Someone The most important part of dealing with an eating disorder is realising that there is a problem and understanding that this particular pattern of eating is not going to solve the other problems in your life. However, 95% of sufferers cannot recognize that they have an eating disorder and believe medical treatment is just a way of others making them fat. Talking through problems with a trusted adult is a good first step.
The Doctor is most people’s first point of contact with the NHS. Many patients visiting their GP are there for help with emotional difficulties, so the doctor will be used to listening to these types of problems. A doctor can suggest a range of treatments, depending on the nature of a person’s difficulties.
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A counsellor can help talk through problems can talk, and establish what is at the heart of their need to eat the way they do. It gives a non-judgemental, completely confidential atmosphere.