For some of us, worrying about our body shape does not drastically affect our happiness. For others, these preoccupations may lead to dangerous eating or unhealthy exercise.
Eating disorders can affect both girls and guys. A person with an eating disorder has unhealthy eating behaviours and/or distorted views of body shape and size.
There are different types of eating disorders. Some involve eating large amounts of food and then vomiting it up again. This is called bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Others involve eating very little food and body weight reducing drastically. This is called anorexia nervosa.
Signs of eating disorders can include:
- rapid weight loss
- persistent negative body image
- shifts in mood
- tiredness and sleeping difficulties
- withdrawal from others
- over or under eating, or
- extreme exercise regimes.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know, it can help to talk to someone you can trust, like a family member, teacher, school nurse or youth worker.
You can also call Kids Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 55 1800.