NHS Choices says "Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health."
What causes an eating disorder? Contributing risk factors include:
- Genetic vulnerability
- Psychological factors
- Socio-cultural influences
Recognising eating problems
It can be hard for someone to know if a young person has an eating problem or disorder. Here are some signs of difficulty which need to be taken seriously.
What's it like to have an eating problem?
In this video Olivia, Shaista, Lilith and Dave talk talk about how living with eating problems has affected them.
In the first instance, if you think you may have an eating disorder you should talk to your GP who may refer you to a speiclaist service.
For other local information and support about eating disorders see here