Eating disorders

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An eating disorder is when someone thinks about food and weight so much, it starts to control their life. While eating disorders are common among young people, they are serious conditions that can have life-long consequences for a person’s health. Here are some things you should know about eating disorders:

  • People with eating disorders can be all shapes and sizes
  • While an eating disorder may start as a diet, it’s not about food
  • If you have an eating disorder, it’s not your fault
  • People with eating disorders need and deserve kindness and support from others
  • Help is out there

In this section, you’ll find out about the different types of eating disorders and
why people get eating disorders. You’ll also learn how to get help for yourself or
for a friend and some tips to help you recover.


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Last Reviewed February 2013 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team

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