Body Image and Eating Disorders
The two main types of eating
disorders are: Anorexia Nervosa, which is when you starve yourself
and Bulimia Nervosa, which is when you make yourself sick after you
eat or take laxatives. They are both very bad for your health.
Eating disorders can also
be caused by stress or bad experiences.
BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat
and 1xtra's TXU asked 25,000 people, mostly aged 17 to 34, how they
felt about their bodies.
Some 51% of young women
would have surgery to improve their looks and a third of those who
are a size 12 think they are overweight, a survey suggests.
Almost half the women
surveyed said they had skipped a meal to lose weight, while 8% had
made themselves sick.
Eating disorder experts
said it was "sad but not surprising" that young people felt and
acted in such ways.
Even with the celebrity
emphasis on being size zero (UK size four), fewer than one in a
hundred of those surveyed said they were that size.
Half of the women
questioned said there was "lots they would change" about their
bodies - and more than 10% "hated" what they looked like.
A spokeswoman for Beating
Eating Disorders, formerly the Eating Disorders Association, said
there were an estimated 1.1 million people in the UK with eating
She said: "It is sad to
read such statistics but not that surprising for us as we receive
many calls from the age group mentioned and a lot younger.
"Research says that
typical age of onset for an eating disorder is 14 to 25. Young
people are affected by many issues at this present time with issues
such as exams, bullying, and family pressures.
"It's so important for
people to develop a healthy perception of their bodies and to raise
their self-esteem and to develop positive ways of coping with the
difficulties that life can bring."
[Source BBC News website]
What to look
Signs of anorexia include:
Eating less and less.
Losing a lot of weight very quickly.
Growing more body hair (usually girls).
Signs of Bulimia Include:
Eating a lot in one go.
Going to the toilet after eating to be
Sore throat and mouth infections from being
What to do if you think you have an eating disorder
It’s hard to cope with an eating disorder alone – talk to
someone you trust.
See your Doctor, who can get you some
Remember that the sooner you get some help,
the easier it will be for you to beat your problem.
What to do if you think your friend has got an eating
Tell them that you’re worried and that you’re
there for them.
Try and get them to see their Doctor.
Don’t change what you eat – show your friend
how important it is to have a healthy diet.
Don’t give up – it might take time before they
accept they have a problem.
Young Person’s Health Advisor
Beating Eating Disorders
0845 634 7650
Keeping Children and Young People
safe is everybodies business.