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Eating Disorders

Overview

Food is often associated with enjoyment. You might have a cake for your birthday or go out for a meal to celebrate a happy event. But, sometimes, eating or even thinking about food can be difficult experiences and stir up complex, distressing emotions.

If you’re constantly thinking about or controlling what you eat, or feel compelled to make yourself sick, you may be suffering from an eating disorder. These are common and can affect anyone; many well-known people have talked about their eating problems. The important thing to remember is that help is available, and you don’t have to suffer alone.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the different types of eating disorders
  • Describe possible causes and why young people might develop eating disorders
  • List treatments available and tips for recovery

Why take this course?

One of the first steps to recovery is talking to someone you trust. This course is suitable for you if you’re struggling with an eating disorder or are worried about a friend who you think might be suffering. It can also provide help and guidance for parents, caregivers and educators.