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Eating disorders are not a phase, but a response to stress.

A true eating disorder can be defined by:

extreme shape and weight control behaviour - leading to significant distress

Eating disorders are complex and can develop due to a variety of factors like trauma, poor self-esteem, biological factors and more. It may look like:

  • Struggling to have a healthy relationship with food.

  • Thoughts about food and calories taking up a lot of your thoughts.

  • Compensate for "bad food" by excessive exercise, taking laxatives or purging. 

  • Patterns of dieting and bingeing.

  • Restricting food feels safe.

  • Overeating feels shameful.

  • You have "good" foods and "bad" foods.

  • You don't feel comfortable or loving towards your body.


Eating disorders or disordered eating can turn into a serious mental and medical health condition, if left untreated.

It can lead to a variety of issues like stunting growth, poor nutrition levels, depression, anxiety, OCD and addictions.

Eating Disorders

How does someone develop an Eating Disorder? 

Genetic factors

Growing up with a parent who had an ED or food issues.

Having a parent or others make comments about your body

Teasing or bullying

Abuse, neglect or other trauma in childhood or adolescence

Obesity in childhood

High-achieving, critical, harsh or perfectionistic parenting styles

Divorce, dyslexia, medical trauma - anything that left a mental injury on the person

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