Anybody can develop an eating disorder but studies show certain personality traits are more likely to occur in people who develop eating disorders
Avoidant personalities: these people are often perfectionists and very persistent in everything they do (mainly anorexia)
Dependent personalities: these people feel overcontrolled and are often socially quite withdrawn. (Mainly anorexia)
Emotionally labile personalities: People who are often emotionally uncontrolled, a bit wild and impulsive. (Mainly bulimia)
What does an eating disorder do to you?
It’s healthy to watch what you eat and to exercise. What isn’t healthy is worrying all the time about your weight and what you eat. People with eating disorders do harmful things to their bodies because of their obsession about their weight and failing to give their body the nutrients they need.
If it isn’t treated, anorexia can cause the following health problems:
If it isn’t treated, bulimia can cause the following health problems:
Where to get help
National Eating Disorder Association
Tel 0845 634 1414
National Centre for Eating Disorders
Tel 0845 838 2040