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Think you know what Eating Disorders are?

Updated on November 13, 2008

Eating Disorders are harmful. Many people die from the complications caused through not having a healthy relationship with food.

It's not the food itself that's the problem, it's how you feel deep down. Did you know EDs can affect anyone? Even you, your sister, brother, mum, dad or friends.

Anorexia Nervosa(AN)

AN can affect anyone, girls, boys, men and women. Food is restricted and you may do lots of exercise, take large amounts of laxatives, diet pills or vomit after eating.

"AN is always there telling you that you CANNOT EAT. I HATE HER! Even after a small meal she calls me a fat. greedy failure. I've lost all interest in my friends and going out to do fun things AN makes you feel tired, cold, depressed, frightened and very much alone."

Bulimia Nervosa(BN)

There are two sub-types of bulimia nervosa: purging and non purging.

Purging is more common and involves making yourself vomit to get rid of the food.

"I feel disgusted with myself after I have thrown up, my throat burns, my teeth are going rotten from stomach acid and the laxatives give you stomach ache and drain you energy."

Non purging is a less common way of ridding your body of large amounts of calories, exercising excessively for hours after a binge.

"Food and exercise. It controls your life...again you lose interest in life, friends and always feel tired and depressed."

Binge Eating Disorder(BED)

"With BED you do not usually make yourself sick or exercise after binge eating and we are overweight or obese. We have similar feelings of failure and depression as people who have other types of eating disorders. Through suffering from BED I have developed Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and my GP told me that I am at risk of having a stroke before I'm 20 years old."

Eating Disorder and Otherwise Specified(EDNOS)

EDNOS behaviours fit into criteria or AN, BN & BED. You may experience episodes of binging and purging and you may binge large amounts of food then starve yourself for a few days, use laxatives or exercise excessively.

This is called "compensatory behaviour".

Laughing Buddha, He must have Eating Disorder, but he is happy!
Laughing Buddha, He must have Eating Disorder, but he is happy!

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