Eating Disorder Myths

There are a number of myths surrounding eating disorders. Here we look at the most common and give the real story.

Fact: Eating disorders are complex illnesses – there is no single cause. Instead they are thought to be caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are extremely distressing for both the individual and their loved ones, and often are accompanied by feelings of shame. They require specialist treatment, but people can and do get better.

Eating disorders are mental health disorders and are never a personal choice.

Help and Treatment

It’s usually very difficult for people with eating disorders to get better on their own, so it’s important that you or the person you know finds professional help and support as soon as possible

Going to the Doctor

Your first point of contact in the health care system is likely to be your GP. They’ll be responsible for your initial diagnosis and should help to coordinate your care, at least in the early stages of treatment.