What is an Eating Disorder?

Any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa).

Types of Eating Disorder include:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

How to spot different Eating Disorders:


People with anorexia have a very inaccurate image of their own weight and therefore will diet and exercise too much in order to loose weight. Anorexia sufferers are also known to binge eat and purge. Anorexia is very serious and can lead to people being dangerously underweight.



People with bulimia binge eat and then attempt to compensate through excessive exercise or forcing themselves to throw up. It only counts as bulimia if the person is consistently binging and purging at least once a month. People with bulimia feel powerless to stop eating. Although anorexia and bulimia may look similar, people who are anorexic will be more likely to be thin or underweight whereas someone suffering from bulimia is more likely to be average or overweight.


Binge Eating Disorder

People with binge eating disorder will eat large amounts of food in one sitting, often in secret or alone, they will eat until they are full to the point of it being uncomfortable even when they aren’t even hungry. They often feel guilty, ashamed or disgusted with themselves for binging. Someone with binge eating disorder may be overweight but this isn’t always the case.



– Eating Disorders are VERY serious and if you or somebody you know are suffering from one, you MUST tell someone NOW.

If you think you or someone else may have an eating disorder speak to a parent or someone you trust in school, you may then be referred to an eating disorder specialist via your local G.P. It can be very hard to admit you have a problem and ask for help but disorders are proven to be on recovery quickly as soon as help has been found. It may make things easier if you bring a friend or loved one with you to your appointment.