Normally, a person eats when they are hungry and stops eating when they are full.
An eating disorder is when a person eats, or refuses to eat, in order to satisfy a psychological need rather than a physical need. They don't listen to their body's signals and perhaps aren't even aware of them.
In an eating disorder, a person develops disturbed eating behaviours to influence their shape or weight. A person may have disordered eating but if it's not about controlling their weight or shape then it's not an eating disorder. Eating disorders are more common in people with diabetes.
The four most common eating disorders are as follows, but eating disorders are complex conditions, and not all can be easily classified:
There is also an eating disorder associated with diabetes:
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For more information about any type of eating disorder:
B-eat helpline on 08456 341414
Or their Youthline on 08456 347650
TXT: 07786 20 18 20
National Centre for Eating Disorders on 0845 838 2040