Sometimes when other
forms of self injury don't work, another way in which people try to cope
with the stresses of life, is with their eating habits. You do not have to
be incredibly thin to have an eating disorder, nor do you have to fit into
any particular category. An eating disorder is not about what you look
like, but rather, what you feel and how you are behaving with your eating.
Eating disorders develop
for many different reasons, but mostly, you will find that, like other
forms of self-harm, they are about control. The most likely people to have
eating disorders, or to develop them, are people who feel that an aspect
of their life is, or has been, out of their own control. This may be
because of abuse they have suffered, or it may be from academic pressure,
or pressure of a job. It could even simply be family pressure, or a family
situation that they are unable to cope with in any other way.
Eating disorders are dangerous. The long-term effects of an eating
disorder can be devastating. People can die from eating disorders.
If you feel that your
eating is not as it should be, you are probably right. In our links
section you will be able to find links to eating disorder websites, which
explain symptoms of the more common eating disorders, and more unknown or
“not otherwise specified” eating disorders. You will also find
information on how to get help and support in recovery from disordered