Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Food restrictions, food rituals, binge eating, starving, purging or compulsive physical activity are some of the behaviours of people with eating disorders.
|If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, act quickly. Someone with an eating disorder needs professional help. It is vital to recognize and treat the symptoms early.|
Eating disorders can be difficult to detect. Glamorization of so-called ideal bodies, coupled with the view that dieting is a normal activity, can obscure a person’s eating problems. It can be difficult for a person with an eating disorder to admit they have a problem, let alone someone whose life is inhibited by weight preoccupation. Gaining an understanding of these conditions is the first step in the journey to wellness. Education and awareness activities are crucial.
Someone with an eating disorder may be:
- . Obsessed with their appearance
- . Severely preoccupied with food, weight and exercise
- . Weighing themselves frequently
- . Avoids eating with others
- . Making abusive remarks about themselves
- . Depressed or irritable
|Anorexia Nervosa||Bulimia Nervosa||Binge Eating Disorder|
Recovery from eating disorders is possible, especially when identified and treated early on.
There is no known single cause of eating disorders. Research suggests a combination of psychological, physiological, genetic and social factors may contribute to the development of anorexia or bulimia nervosa. Many individuals have symptoms of both conditions.
It is also essential that professionals receive specialized training for the treatment of eating disorders.
Useful links or resources for EATING DISORDERS:
Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association - www.bana.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association, Grand River Branch – 519-744-7645 or 1-877-627-2642
Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention Inc. - www.edap.org
National Eating Disorders Information Centre - www.nedic.ca
Overeaters Anonymous - www.oa.org - phone: 519-886-9975
Trellis Mental Health & Developmental Services Regional Eating Disorders Services - www.trellis.on.ca or 519-576-2333 (covers Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph)