What is it?

Eating disorders are mental health conditions that cause a person to develop disordered or extreme eating habits. Common types of eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia – severely restricting food and becoming dangerously underweight 
  • Bulimia – eating large amounts of food in a short space of time, then purging (vomiting, using laxatives, excessive exercise)
  • Orthorexia – obsessing about healthy eating

Eating disorders affect everyone differently. They can be mild or serious. Eating disorders are also linked to other mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment helps improve health and recovery of the person with the eating disorder.