Eating Disorders Awareness Week is 27th February to 5th March and this year, the aim is to encourage those suffering to speak up, be brave and seek help as early as possible.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and can affect a person in many ways. It is thought that, in the UK alone, more than 725,000 men and women are affected by some form of disordered eating. The most common problems are anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
An eating disorder will affect a person physically, emotionally and socially. While anyone can develop a problem, regardless of age or gender, younger women aged 12 to 20 are more likely to be affected.
Anorexia nervosa can cause a person to feel overweight, even if they are considerably underweight. They will have a strong need to lose weight, which can lead to starvation and/or exercising...