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  • Eating disorders are not reserved for any one type of person. They can affect anyone, whether they are male or female, black or white. They do not discriminate against gender, ethnicity, culture etc. Anyone, and I mean absolutely anyone, can suffer with an eating disorder.
  • Not everyone with an eating disorder presents themselves in the same emaciated looking way. Eating disorders are mental illnesses, and while the side effects often include extreme weight loss, the thoughts and behaviours behind the diagnosis are far more dangerous than the physical side.
  • It is not helpful to tell someone with an eating disorder to ‘just eat.’ If it was that simple, the illness wouldn’t exist. It’s like telling someone with cancer to ‘just get better.’ It doesn’t work that way. We can only get better by engaging in intensive treatment offered by specialists in the field.
  • Just like not everyone with an eating disorder looks the same, the way someones eating disorder presents itself can differ massively from person to person. For some people, their deep rooted fear of food comes from their belief that only ‘healthy’ low fat, low sugar foods should be consumed. Whereas other people believe that a calorie is a calorie, and it is not about where the nutrients come from that worries them, it is just the thought of consuming the nutrients at all that causes them anxiety.

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