An Eating Disorder is actually a mental health condition where someone is preoccupied with their body weight, their body shape, what they eat and how much they exercise.
There are different types of Eating Disorders including (but not limited to):
- Anorexia Nervosa (which is often characterised by starvation, weight loss and feeling much bigger than actually are) through to
- Bulimia Nervosa (eating very large amounts of foods and then vomiting, taking laxatives or over-exercising afterwards) and
- Binge Eating Disorder (often eating very large amounts of food and feeling guilty for doing so).
Please note, people can experience an Eating Disorder at any body size or weight.
If you have an Eating Disorder, a Dietitian can help you to discuss your nutritional requirements for good health, any concerns about your body size or appearance and work through some strategies to re learn what “normal eating” is.
In most instances the best treatment for managing an Eating Disorder involves seeking help from a range of health professionals including your GP, a Psychologist, Psychiatrist and a Dietitian.
Can SOL help?
Seeing a Dietitian is a great start in helping to manage your Eating Disorder. If you would like to discuss your personal situation and book a confidential appointment then Search for a Dietitian in your area.
The Butterfly Foundation
The Butterfly Foundation provides useful factsheets on a range of Eating Disorders. It also provides information on how to access services and help.