About Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses that do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity or socio-economic status. The most common Eating Disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.
An individual with an Eating Disorder will ultimately have an unhealthy relationship with food, however, it is important to note that it is not solely about the food itself; it is actually about the emotions involved. People will use eating disorder behaviours as a way of coping with their own distress. This behaviour can involve the restriction of daily food intake, the consumption of large amounts of food on one occasion, getting rid of food eaten through the use of various harmful means (e.g. over-exercising, vomiting, fasting, misuse of laxatives). People who have an Eating Disorder may use one or a combination of these unhealthy behaviours as a way of coping with their distress and as a result, they may feel more in control and more able to cope.
It is important to recognise that an Eating Disorder is not a choice, nor an extreme diet, it is a serious mental health condition. It is not the fault of the person and there are often multiple factors which contribute to the development of the Eating Disorder. It may be challenging, but recovery is possible with the right support.
Contact us at TEDS if you or someone you know has an Eating Disorder and would like support to change.