Eating disorders occur when people have problems with eating, food and body image.

While it is common in our society for people to be unhappy with their bodies, prompting them to manage their weight with diet and exercise, people with eating disorders take these behaviours to the extreme.

This can have a significant impact on your physical health, emotional well-being, your relationships and daily life.

Support is available through Centacare’s PACE service. At PACE, we focus on:

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) involves an intense fear of gaining weight, which leads to extreme restriction and control of food, and an inability to maintain a healthy weight. AN also involves a disturbed body image, where you feel your self-worth is defined entirely or almost entirely by your body image. Often your body image is so distorted that you see yourself as overweight even when you are dangerously underweight.

Bulimia Nervosa (BN) involves repeated episodes of binge eating followed by attempts to compensate for those episodes by vomiting, misusing laxatives, fasting or exercising excessively. When you binge, you eat a very large amount of food over a short period of time and feel out of control. Like anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia tend to define their self-worth by the way they look.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterised by regular episodes of binge eating, but without the attempt to compensate, therefore many people with BED are overweight.

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) refers to disordered eating that doesn’t quite fit in to the criteria for Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Many of the symptoms will be present, but not all of them.

It is possible to recover from an eating disorder. With the right treatment and support, you can live a full and rewarding life.