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 sits on a spectrum between normal eating and an eating disorder.

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Body Image

Body image is a combination of the thoughts and feelings that you have about your body.

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Eating Disorders in Males

Eating disorders can affect people of any gender. Males may experience stigma.

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Eating Disorders and People with Higher Weight

People with higher weight or living in a larger body (or 'obesity’, as it is referred to in a biomedical context) is not an eating disorder or mental disorder.

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Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Download the Eating Disorders and Diabetes fact sheet here.

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Risk & Protective Factors

The elements that contribute to the development of an eating disorder are complex, and involve a range of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.

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