Food is a necessary part of life and we all differ in the food we like, how much we need, and when we like to eat. However, sometimes people misuse food in damaging ways. Unhealthy dieting, bingeing or purging may become a way of controlling, expressing or avoiding feelings; which may lead to an eating disorder.
Eating disorders can affect people of any gender, age, social, ethnic or economic background. Research has shown that some people are more at risk than others, but we still don`t know the exact reason why some people develop eating disorders and others don`t.
Eating disorders are commonly misunderstood. They are not contagious, and your sibling is not “crazy”. Eating disorders are not just a “phase” or “attention seeking”, and they are not all about appearance and weight; they are about much more than food. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, but they are treatable. The sooner someone gets help, the higher chance of them making a successful recovery.