Eating disorders are not just about food. They are complex mental illnesses that cause a person to become all-consumed with their weight, often as a coping mechanism and a way to gain some sense of control.
Depending on the type of eating disorder a person has — anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder — their symptoms will vary. However, in all cases, the person’s confidence, identity and ability to function in daily life can be severely affected.
If you think you may be struggling with an eating disorder, it’s a good idea to speak with a professional as soon as possible. To book an appointment with a counsellor in Counselling and Accessibility Services, complete and submit the online intake form.
For further information on eating disorders, including symptoms, causes and treatment options, visit the National Eating Disorder information Centre.