What is an eating disorder?


An eating disorder is more than just about food. It is a type of mental illness that involves unhealthy thoughts and behaviours towards food, weight, and your body shape. Eating disorders can affect people of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation.  If you have an eating disorder, you might worry so much about food that it makes it difficult to work, go to school, or enjoy time with friends.

In this section, you can learn more about eating disorders – why they’re dangerous; who they affect; and other problems that can come along with them.

“I picture anorexia and bulimia as an entity separate from myself, they are ED; a little green monster that pokes its head up whenever certain conditions are met.” ~Melanie

Health Professionals: Types of Disorders: How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

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