Although serious, eating disorders can be treated and overcome.
The sooner you get the treatment you need, the more likely you are to make a full recovery.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of their age, sex or cultural background.
The causes are not simply about body image but an attempt to deal with underlying emotional issues.
Eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness. One in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely from the physical consequences or suicide.
Organisations that may be able to help
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Beat - the UK's Eating Disorder Charity - offers support and undertanding around eating disorders. It's helpine is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 4pm to 8pm weekends and bank holidays.
Helpine: 03000 111213
Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) provides ongoing care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. It operates a helpline from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 5pm Wednesday to Friday.
Male Voiced supports men who have eating disorders and tries to break down the stigma around men and eating disorders.