Eating & Body Image Disorders


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What is Eating & Body Image Disorders

Eating disorders are not just about food, weight, appearance or willpower but are serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Most eating disorders occur when a person has incorrect beliefs about their appearance, body shape and weight leading to marked changes in eating or exercise behaviours that interfere with their life.

Some people with eating disorders lose weight, sometimes to the point of starvation.   Although they are often seriously underweight, they see this as a success rather than as a problem.   Eating disorders are more common in females than mails with the median age of onset of 18 years.

(Information Mental Health First Aid Manual)