An eating disorder is having an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill. This can involve eating too much or too little and becoming obsessed with weight and body shape. Eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of age or gender.
The most common eating disorders are:
Some common symptoms of eating disorders include:
There are also physical symptoms such as:
We cannot be sure of what causes eating disorders, however most specialists believe it is a mix of psychological, environmental and genetic factors. The psychological factors could include:
Environmental factors might include:
Genetic factors might include: