Eating disorders

Worries about weight, shape and eating are common, especially among teenage girls. Being very overweight or obese can cause a lot of problems, particularly with health. Quite often, someone who is overweight can lose weight simply by eating more healthily. It sounds easy, but they may need help to find a way of doing this.

A lot of young people, many of whom are not overweight in the first place, want to be thinner. They often try to lose weight by dieting or skipping meals. For some, worries about weight become an obsession. This can turn into a serious eating disorder. The information in this section is about the most common eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
  • Someone with anorexia nervosa worries all the time about being fat (even if they are skinny) and eats very little.
  • Someone with bulimia nervosa also worries a lot about weight. They alternate between eating next to nothing, and then having binges when they gorge themselves. They vomit or take laxatives to control their weight.
Both of these eating disorders are more common in girls, but do occur in boys.


Information on Eating disorders

Wandsworth
Safeguarding Children Board

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Nicky Pace

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Kaied Ghiyatha