Understanding eating disorders

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are mental conditions that show up as extreme unhealthy eating patterns. Although symptoms of these disorders emerge primarily in young women, eating disorders can affect anyone from any gender, age, ethnicity, and income level.

Types of eating disorders


Anorexia Nervosa


Bulimia Nervosa


Binge-eating disorder


Orthorexia Nervosa

How to tell if someone has an eating disorder?

Look out for these signs:
1. Distorted perception of own weight
2. Extreme preoccupation with food
3. Emotional state tied to eating habits
4. Self-loathing behaviour
5. Reduced concentration and thinking ability
6. Getting secretive about food
7. Moodiness, shakiness, irritability
8. Obsessive routines
9. Social withdrawal and isolation
10. Avoidance of social situations that include food

Where to get help?

You may read the local stories of eating disorders survivors at ‘Not Just Damage' and receive more information about identifying eating disorders and treatment methods from the Ministry of Health website.

What can I do to prevent an eating disorder?

Here are some ways to protect yourself from succumbing to this disorder:
1. Learn about healthy eating and active lifestyle from the right sources
2. Surround yourself with positive influences and become one yourself too
3. Involve yourself in meaningful activities which will strengthen your mental health
4. Communicate with your friends and family about your problems can help too

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