People with an eating disorder will show to be particularly interested in their day to day life in food and how their body appearance compares to others. Their focus may be, for example, on having a gap in their thighs or what they weigh on the scales every day.
People suffering an eating disorder use unhealthy behaviors like low nutrition dieting, fasting then binging, self sabotage starving and bingeing & then purging as a means to cope with unpleasant and overwhelming emotions and stressors.
Having an eating disorder is regarded as an illness and not a character fraud, in which people experience a regular disturbance in their eating behavior, either feeling the need to overeat or under eat.
Reasons for people developing an eating disorder is usually caused from psychological, emotional or dysfunctional belief systems from childhood e.g. “I need to be skinnier to be accepted by others” or “I need to binge as I reward myself with food“.
Eating disorders can affect any gender and age, although they affect 64% of the female population. The number of people in Australia with an eating disorder at any given time is estimated to be approximately 4% of the population (Butterfly Foundation, 2012). The most common is Binge Eating Disorder, followed by Bulimia and Anorexia.
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