Eating disorders are defined by the negative beliefs and behaviours they cause people to have about themselves and their eating, body shape and weight. They can cause people to adopt restricted eating, binge eating and compensatory behaviours (such as vomiting and excessive exercise). Eating disorders most commonly start in adolescence, but can also start during childhood or adulthood. Recent studies suggest that although the majority of people diagnosed with an eating disorder are women as many as 25% are male. There are also other physical complications (such as osteoporosis) and psychological complications (such as anxiety disorders) that affect the wellbeing and recovery of people with an eating disorder.
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