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Image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindphotographer/An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that involves preoccupation with control over one’s body weight, shape, eating and exercising. It can be a way of dealing with underlying unresolved emotional and psychological issues. An eating disorder is not a lifestyle choice.

The incidence of eating disorders affects 2-3% of the Australian population, a figure that is on the increase. They can affect anyone and do not discriminate by age, sex or race.

Food and eating are an essential part of our everyday lives. How we approach food, what and how much we like can vary from person to person. But it is essential to our health and development.

Many of us have different eating habits, whether that be a vegan, gluten free, or developing a healthy eating regime, but  some eating habits may also be unhealthy.

A unhealthy relationship with food can begin when it is used to cope with difficult times in our lives:

  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Relationship break up
  • Unhappy with your body image etc

And can be seen as a way to stay in control by those whose suffer from Eating Disorders.  But help is available.

We have partnered with The Butterfly Foundation to extend the information we offer about eating disorders on Tune In Not Out.

On Tune In Not Out you will now find a range of new topic pages with videos and a detailed factsheet on:

The topic pages also contain tips for recovery as well as warning signs and symptoms.

Explore the new section to find out more.

 

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