Disordered patterns of eating are most common among young people, especially teenage girls. Recognised eating disorders include conditions like: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating with/without purging. Furthermore, the use of laxatives, diuretics and other over the counter pills like fiber supplements, can lead to disordered eating and digestion problems. What causes eating disorders is unclear, although personal trauma, emotional shock in adolescence or teens, a tendency towards compulsive behavior and a strong urge to take control are all relevant factors. Family support, though difficult, is essential in the successful treatment of eating disorders, combined with medical supervision which is always essential. Treatment involves counseling, customised eating plans and emotional support. If untreated, eating disorders (eg. anorexia) can lead to severe ill-health and even death.
If you have a friend or a family member whom you suspect is anorexic or bulimic, or whose binge eating is out of control, seek medical help without delay. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating can be successfully controlled, but it requires professional medical help.
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Healthy Diet Advice
Guide to Healthy dieting.
Diets For Special Conditions
Diet Plans for health complaints.
Diets For Womens Health
Diet plans for female health problems.
Food Digestion Guide
Explanation of how we digest fats, carbs and proteins.
Guide To Calories In Food
Advice about calorie content of food, calorie intake and calorie needs.
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.
Information on anorexia, bulimia and binge eating
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. We provide free information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders.
UK Eating Disorders Association
Telephone help line for people with an eating disorder
The UK International Eating Disorders Centre
UK Centre for eating disorders
Academy promoting better treatment for eating disorders
Centre for the treatment of eating disorders
Comprehensive website on all aspects of eating problems
Forum for discussing food and weight issues
Promotes health and self-esteem for people of all shapes and sizes
Information on eating disorders and body image concerns
Food, addiction and eating disorder facts
Offers recovery program for over eaters
Organization for advancing eating disorders education