Learn about eating disorders

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention.

Eating disorders occur when eating, exercise and body weight or shape become an unhealthy preoccupation of someone's life.

You can’t always tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that may indicate someone is developing or experiencing an eating disorder, as early treatment leads to the most successful recovery.

Many people with an eating disorder do not realise they have a problem, or may go to great lengths to hide their behaviour.

You don’t have to have all the answers, but you can help by asking the question.

If you’re worried about someone, help them get the support they need. Connect them with the right services and supports for their recovery.

Learn more about:

anorexia nervosa

bulimia nervosa

binge eating disorder

other eating disorders