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Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are characterized by a disturbance in perception of one’s own body shape and weight. People with anorexia nervosa refuse to maintain a minimally normal body weight, which can lead to emaciation, failing physical health, and even death. People with bulimia nervosa, the most common eating disorder, engage in secretive binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, the misuse of laxatives, fasting, or excessive exercise. While people of all ages and both sexes can experience eating disorders, they commonly affect young women.

Resources

National Eating Disorder Information Centre  is a Canadian, non-profit organization that provides information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.

CMHA Fact Sheets


Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be difficult to detect. The media glamourization of so-called ideal bodies, coupled with the view that dieting is a normal activity, can obscure a person’s eating problems. It can be difficult for a person with an eating disorder to admit they have a problem. Knowing how to support someone with an eating disorder is also a challenge. Treatment is available – it can be a long process, but an eating disorder can be overcome. If you think that you, or someone you know, has an eating disorder, it is important to learn the facts. Gaining an understanding of these conditions is the first step in the journey to wellness.