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Eating disorders

If you are concerned you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, consult these resources.

Source: Health Services

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are a group of illnesses that cause a person to engage in unhealthy behaviours related to food and weight. Food and weight occupy the person's thoughts and plans, and cause them a great deal of distress. Eating disorders interfere with living life normally. They cause serious health problems and can even lead to death.

The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

You don't have to have a 'full-blown' eating disorder to have real, reasonable concerns about how much time and space eating and weight management take in your mind and life.

Our attitudes and behaviours related to food and weight can be described on a continuum, ranging from
Healthy/not an issue ← to → Eating disordered
Where do you fit?

If your answer gives you concern, consult the resources below.


More resources


  • American Psychological Association. Overview of eating disorders, the importance of treatment, the role of the psychologist, and links to related, evidence-based articles.
  • Go Ask Alice. Go Ask Alice! is the health question-and-answer Internet service produced by Columbia University’s Health Promotion Program. Its mission is to provide readers with reliable, accessible information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.


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