This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating.
In the UK around 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point. Bulimia is around five times more common than anorexia nervosa and 90% of people with bulimia are female. Due to the difficulty of precisely defining binge eating, it is not clear how widespread the condition is.
Eating disorders usually have underlying causes, risk factors can include:
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