Eating disorders are​ ​when you have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behavior around food.

Eating disorders can change your attitude towards food and your body in a way that influences your behavior and eating habits.

How can I tell if my relationship with food is becoming unhealthy?

You can tell if your relationship with food is becoming unhealthy by the way you 

  • Look
    • Sudden​ ​weight​ ​loss​ ​or​ ​gain
    • Your look​ ​tired​ ​and​ ​worn-out
    • Your​ ​clothing​ ​style​ ​has​ ​changed
    • Changes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​way​ ​your​ ​hair, ​ ​skin​ ​, and​ ​nails​ ​look
  • Feel:
    • Unhappy​ ​with​ ​your​ ​body​ ​shape​ ​or​ ​size
    • Worried, ​ ​upset​ ​, or​ ​guilty​ ​after​ ​eating
    • Moody, ​ ​irritable​ ​, or​ ​have​ ​low​ ​energy
    • Faint, ​ ​dizzy​ ​, or​ ​weak
    • Nervous​ ​or​ ​out​ ​of​ ​control​ ​around​ ​food
    • Cold​ ​all​ ​the​ ​time​ ​–​ ​even​ ​in​ ​warm​ ​weather
  • Act 
    • Steal​ ​or​ ​hide​ ​food
    • Withdraw​ ​from​ ​your​ ​friends
    • Exercise​ ​often​ ​or​ ​excessively
    • Vomit​ ​after​ ​meals​ ​or​ ​use​ ​laxatives
    • Eat solo or​ ​avoid​ ​eating​ ​with​ ​others
    • Diet, ​ ​overeat, ​ ​fast​ ​or​ ​change​ ​the​ ​way​ ​you​ ​eat
  • Think
    • Difficulty​ ​concentrating
    • Have​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​gaining​ ​weight
    • View​ ​your​ ​body​ ​differently​ ​than​ ​others​ ​do
    • Worried​ ​about​ ​what​ ​you​ ​eat​ ​or​ ​the​ ​way​ ​you​ ​eat
    • Constantly​ ​think​ ​about​ ​food, ​ ​eating​ ​, or​ ​bodyweight

Causes of eating disorders

There are lots of possible reasons why you might develop an eating disorder, and the causes are different for everybody. They may include:

  • Social pressure to be thin
  • Finding it difficult to deal with stress 
  • Feeling anxious
  • Low self-esteem
    big, stressful life changes
  • Difficult life experiences, such as abuse or bullying
  • Difficult relationships with friends or family

What can I do to manage eating disorders?

You can do the following to help you manage eating disorders 

  • You can try talking to your friend, adult, teacher, or family.  
  • Do something fun or nice for yourself
  • Ask a parent to take you to a doctor
  • Talk to a counselor and get help
  • Remind yourself that you can get better
  • Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
  • Tune out negative thoughts by watching a movie or TV
  • Work on improving your self-esteem. 
  • Make mealtimes fun by trying to eat together as a family or friends as often as possible.
  • Don’t blame yourself. Be mindful about how you talk about your body and you’re eating.

If you're worried about your eating habits, it's important to seek help from a counselor as soon as possible.

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