What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders can be described as a major disruption in the pattern of someone's food consumption. Most people think of teenage girls trying to imitate famous models when someone mentions eating disorders- but they are extremely more dangerous and serious than many of these people understand. Eating disorders can include starving oneself (anorexia), eating then vomiting (bulimia), binge eating and compulsive eating.
As with many mental illnesses, such eating disorders can be triggered by significant emotional distress or lack of self-worth. Of all the mental illnesses listed on this site, eating disorders can be some of the most physically damaging to the sufferer.
What can I do?
If you are worried that you, a friend or a relative is suffering from one of these disorders after reading these articles, click the 'Where to get help' link on the left. Be sure to be sensitive to the sufferer, as showing your worry too much could further decrease their feelings of self worth.
Articles in this section by Adam.