About eating disorders

What are eating disorders?

An eating disorder is a complex mental illness that for some, can lead to severe and permanent physical complications, and even death.1 Eating disorders are not a choice, they are serious illnesses.2

People experiencing some eating disorders may hold an inaccurate perception of their body size and shape, and attempt to control their weight and appearance through excessive dieting, exercising, and/or purging.3

There are four main types of eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED).2

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