Who Gets Them?

Who gets an eating disorder?

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Dependent personalities: these people feel overcontrolled and are often socially quite withdrawn.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:

  • Stomach problems
  • Heart problems
  • Irregular periods or no periods
  • Fine hair all over the body, including the face
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Osteoporosis (thin bones)
  • Infertility as an adult

If it isn’t treated, bulimia can cause the following health problems:

  • Stomach problems
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Dental problems (from throwing up stomach acid)
  • Dehydration (not enough water in the body

Where to get help

  1. Friends and family: talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable with they can come with you and help to support you as you tackle your issues and your eating disorder.
  2. The School Nurse ask at the reception at Kings for the times she is in the school. She has a lot of experience in helping people get help for eating disorders and emotional problems.
  3. Teenage Advice Clinic at Coleridge Medical Centre is run by a nurse and she can talk to you and help you to see a doctor you will feel comfortable with.
  4. A GP book an appointment to see a GP at Coleridge. You do NOT have to see your usual doctor you can see any doctor you want to.
  5. Useful organisations:

National Eating Disorder Association
Tel 0845 634 1414

National Centre for Eating Disorders
Tel 0845 838 2040

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