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Learn about eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses

Anyone can have one, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, or background. In these pages, you can learn more about different diagnoses and what to be aware of if you think you or someone you know may have an eating disorder.

Types of eating disorder

Learn more about eating disorders, including different diagnoses and how diagnosis works.

Eating Disorder Myths

Eating disorders are often misunderstood. Here we address some of the misconceptions that surround these serious mental illnesses.

Eating disorders and men

Studies suggest around 25% of people with eating disorders are male. The stigma around eating disorders, and around male sufferers, means that we can't say for certain – many men may go undiagnosed. What is certain is that if you’re male and worried about yourself, you’re not alone. There are many men who share your experience.

We estimate that around 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder.

While there have been some significant and well-designed studies conducted in the UK in recent years, overall there has not been sufficient research to draw firm conclusions about the prevalence of eating disorders in the UK.

Understanding "pro-eating disorder" content

Unfortunately, a lot of content online about eating disorders is not helpful for recovery. Learn more about the dangers of "pro-ana" and "pro-mia" content and some positive alternatives.

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