Eating disorders are very complex conditions that can affect someone emotionally, physically and socially. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses; anorexia, binge-eating disorder and bulimia. In the UK, more than 700,000 people are affected by an eating disorder.
While young women (aged 12 to 20) are more likely, anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age or gender. There is no one reason why a person will develop an eating disorder; there could be a range of factors that have had influence, including genetic, social, environmental, psychological and biological.
It has been suggested that eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental health problem. Eating disorders are serious, yet they are treatable and people can make a full recovery. The journey is long and isn’t easy, but it is possible to get help and fight the fear.