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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders often have no single cause but often develop over time in response to upsets experienced by the individual. These could include family or school-related problems, perfectionist values, lack of friends, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying, a belief that to be successful you must be thin, a need to please others and fears about growing up. They do not start out as a conscious choice and are not a willful form of 'attention seeking'.

Research has shown that some people can inherit a tendency to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and forms of Obesity. The disordered eating can take various forms, from self starvation to bingeing. Excessive exercising or self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives or diuretics are used to avoid weight gain (purging). All of these behaviours, sustained over time, will have a serious effect on both physical and emotional health. It is important that the disorder be treated, because it can be fatal. Much sensitivity, compassion, respect, understanding and patience is needed by those around sufferers if a person is to be successfully encouraged and supported towards recovery.

Central Office
P.O. Box 105
Co. Dublin
work Tel: +353 (0)1 283 4963
work Helpline: 1890 200 444
work fax Fax: +353 (0)1 283 4963

BODYWHYS is a national charity which offers support, understanding and information to people with eating disorders They also offer support and information to the families and friends of those with eating disorders and to professionals.

Eating Disorder Association
Donna O'Connor
Director: Psychologists
work Tel: +353 (0)1 412 6690

The Eating Disorder Association provides one-to-one counselling by recognised psychologists on a sliding scale. They hold information talks to the public and organise prevention programmes in secondary schools. The association works closely with the hospitals and doctors to help the recovery of a person with an eating disorder, and is re recognised by the Health Service Executive.

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