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Information about eating disorders

Eating disorders are different for everyone. They can affect anyone at any time. An eating disorder is NOT a lifestyle choice, cry for attention or diet gone wrong. Eating disorders can have serious medical and mental health complications and are potentially life threatening.

For more information about eating disorders, see:

Starting treatment early can shorten the recovery process and help improve outcomes. Evidence-based treatments are available and people fully recover. No-one is to blame for an eating disorder. For more information, see:

Family, carers and friends

Carers are people who support someone with an eating disorder. They may be a parent, guardian, partner, friend, grandparent, or other significant person.

Understanding more about eating disorders, learning new skills and managing your own emotions and wellbeing can help you assist your loved one during their recovery.

More information is available in the Navigating Their Way to Health Booklet.

Starting the conversation

Talking to someone about the concerns you are noticing can cause worry and distress. You might feel unsure what to do or say. To help you start the conversation, see:

Organisations that may be helpful for you: