We should all strive to have a well-balanced diet and food plays an important part in our life. Our relationship with food can change throughout our life and for various reasons. Some people may comfort eat when feeling sad or may skip meals when feeling anxious. These periodic changes are entirely normal and should only raise concern when they become an everyday occurrence and continue for a long period of time. If this happens it can cause both psychological and physiological problems and can develop into an eating disorder.
There are four common types of eating disorders including:
- Bulimia nervosa
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder (BED)
- Eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS)
Each disorder has its own distinct symptoms and treatment can include talking therapies, group work and medication delivered by a specialist team. For some extreme cases hospital admission may be required.