Eating Disorders Explained
Disordered Eating & Dieting
Disordered eating is a disturbed and unhealthy eating pattern that can include restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals.
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.
People Living in Larger Bodies & Eating Disorders
Living in a larger body (or 'obesity’, as it is referred to in a biomedical context) is not an eating disorder or mental disorder.
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.
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.