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If you have a problem with food or your weight, that's an eating disorder. And eating disorders can make you so ill that you end in hospital. Get all the facts here, plus advice on what to do if you think you have one...
An eating disorder is when we have a problem with food. And our weight.
We may think we're too fat. And start restricting what we eat. We think life will be better if we lost weight.
Most of us feel this way at some time or other.
But it can get out of control: We obsess about every calorie. Every bit of exercise. A kilo gained can ruin our day. It starts taking over our life. And threatening our health and happiness. Then it's called an eating disorder.
The two most common types are:
Some people with eating disorders become so ill they end up in hospital. Some find they can't have babies when they're older. And occasionally, people die.
This is why you shouldn't ignore any worries you have about yourself or your friends.
Some people are just naturally more prone to eating problems, others develop a mixed-up attitude to food as they get older.
"I work really hard at school. I am a perfectionist about everything. No way am I going to be lardy"
Stress or bad experiences can also make us more likely to suffer.
"If I looked skinny they'd like me better at school."
If someone in our family is funny about food, we're more likely to be too.
"My mum was always obsessing over her size ten jeans. I felt bad about my bum when it got bigger than hers"
Often we begin by dieting to lose weight. Then we feel better about ourselves. We feel in control, and better looking, so we keep going. We may find it difficult to stop, even if we know we're harming ourselves.
Ask yourself these questions:
Said yes to any of these? Especially the last question? You may have a problem
Talk to someone you trust and see your GP. Don't waste any time. The sooner you start getting proper help, the better your chances of beating it. Don't spend another day being miserable about food.