Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour.
A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.
Range of Disorders
Eating disorders include a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially.
Eating disorders are often blamed on the social pressure to be thin, as young people in particular feel they should look a certain way. However, the causes are usually more complex.
There are many risk factors that can make someone more likely to have an eating disorder. There may be some biological or influencing factors, combined with an experience that may provoke the disorder, plus other factors that encourage the condition to continue.
It can often be very difficult to realise that a loved one or friend has developed an eating disorder.
Who Can Be Affected
Anyone can be affected, but certain disorders are more gender and age specific.
What Treatments Are Available?
Treatment is readily available but is specific to the various disorders. It can be a long job to recover from an eating disorder, but support is available.
If you require further information on the various eating disorders, treatment and support, please call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre Staff member, to receive immediate assistance. We are ready to discuss this devastating and dangerous disorder with you and help you make informed decisions.