Eating disorders are behavioural conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviours and associated distressing thoughts and emotions. They can be very serious conditions affecting physical, psychological and social function.
Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorder, pica and rumination disorder.
Eating disorders can develop at any age. They affect all genders, races and ethnicities. Boys and men are equally at risk. Certain factors may make you more prone to developing an eating disorder, such as:
Treatments for eating disorders vary depending on the type and on specific needs. Treatments include: