Definitions and symptoms
Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical illnesses in which sufferers use food and sometimes exercise in different ways to manage difficult circumstances in their lives and the feelings that come with them. It is important to remember that food and weight is not necessarily the problem, it is the embedded in the underlying factors which can be low self esteem and lack of self worth.
Sufferers will use their eating disorder as a coping mechanism to be able to get from one day to the next and/or through times when they feel unable to cope.
The commonality between anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, compulsive eating/exercising and ‘bigorexia’ is that people use them as strategies for dealing with difficult life situations and/or emotions which they feel are beyond their control.