“Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have a significant effect on your health and wellbeing.
They are not a lifestyle choice or a diet gone ‘too far’. Eating disorders can be related to serious medical complications and other psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and personality disorders. In some cases, the effects and consequences of an eating disorder can be life threatening.
Eating disorders are more common than most people think. About one in 20 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate in the Australian population is increasing. The reasons for developing an eating disorder will differ from person to person; known causes include genetic predisposition and a combination of environmental, social and cultural factors.
There are four specified eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).”