Eating Disorders

The term eating disorder refers to disturbances in eating that is accompanied by emotional and physical distress. Official classification of eating disorders includes three conditions: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. In this section you will find advice for covering eating disorders, common myths and facts, and definitions of the various kinds of eating disorders people experience.

Reporting tips for eating disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is a condition where an individual weighs at least 15% less than the usual healthy weight expected for their height. It is characterised by a limited intake of food, issues with body image, and a fear of being overweight. This can result in symptoms such as irregular periods in women and girls, constipation, depression, and osteoporosis.

Bulimia

Bulimia involves frequent dieting and exercise followed by purging or using laxatives. Individuals with bulimia may be underweight, overweight, or average weight. They can experience an inflamed throat, swollen neck and jaw glands, kidney problems, or severe dehydration.

Binge Eating Disorder

This condition features episodes of binge eating during which the person consumes large quantaties of food in a short period of time. Unlike with bulimia, people experiencing Binge Eating Disorder do not purge or use laxatives following a period of binge eating. Other aspects of the condition include eating rapidly, feeling uncomfortably full, and experiencing guilt or embarrassment.

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Eating Disorders Quick Reference Guide

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is a condition where an individual weighs at least 15% less than the usual healthy weight expected for their height. It is characterised by a limited intake of food, issues with body image, and a fear of being overweight. This can result in symptoms such as irregular periods in women and girls, constipation, depression, and osteoporosis.

Bulimia

Bulimia involves frequent dieting and exercise followed by purging or using laxatives. Individuals with bulimia may be underweight, overweight, or average weight. They can experience an inflamed throat, swollen neck and jaw glands, kidney problems, or severe dehydration.

Binge Eating Disorder

This condition features episodes of binge eating during which the person consumes large quantaties of food in a short period of time. Unlike with bulimia, people experiencing Binge Eating Disorder do not purge or use laxatives following a period of binge eating. Other aspects of the condition include eating rapidly, feeling uncomfortably full, and experiencing guilt or embarrassment.

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Audiences can react to your content in unpredictable, and sometimes harmful ways. Journalists and producers are advised to provide details of helplines alongside any potentially harmful or triggering content. For audiences needing help dealing with issues around eating disorders you can direct them to:

Bodywhys – the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.

1890 200 444


alex@bodywhys.ie

Bodywhys – the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.

1890 200 444
 

alex@bodywhys.ie

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