An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you ill.
It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape.
But there are treatments that can help, and you can recover from an eating disorder.
Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 17 years old.
The most common eating disorders are:
OSFED is the most common, then binge eating disorder and bulimia. Anorexia is the least common.
If you or people around you are worried that you have an unhealthy relationship with food that's affecting your eating habits, you could have an eating disorder.
Symptoms of eating disorders include:
You may also notice physical signs, including:
You can read more about the specific symptoms of:
It's important to remember that even if your symptoms don't exactly match those for anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, you may still have an eating disorder.
It can often be very difficult to identify that a loved one or friend has developed an eating disorder.
Warning signs to look out for include:
If you think you may have an eating disorder, even if you aren't sure, see your GP as soon as you can.
They'll ask you questions about your eating habits and how you're feeling, and will check your overall health and weight.
If they think you may have an eating disorder, they should refer you to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists.
It can be very hard to admit you have a problem and ask for help. It may make things easier if you bring a friend or loved one with you to your appointment.
You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.
It can be difficult to know what to do if you're concerned that someone you know has an eating disorder.
People with an eating disorder are often secretive and defensive about their eating and their weight, and they may deny being unwell.
Let them know you're worried about them and encourage them to see their GP. You could offer to go along with them.
The eating disorder charity Beat also has information on:
You can recover from an eating disorder, but it may take time and recovery will be different for everyone.
After being referred to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists, they'll be responsible for your care.
They should talk to you about any other support you might need, such as for other mental or physical health conditions you have, and include this in your treatment plan.
Treatment will be different depending on the type of eating disorder you have, but will usually involve some kind of talking therapy.
You may also need regular health checks if your eating disorder is having an impact on your physical health.
It may also involve working through a guided self-help programme if you have bulimia or binge eating disorder.
Most people will be offered individual therapy, but those with binge eating disorder may be offered group therapy.
Read more about the different treatments for:
Treatment for other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) will depend on the type of eating disorder your symptoms are most like.
For example, if your symptoms are most like anorexia, your treatment will be similar to the treatment for anorexia.
We don't know exactly what causes eating disorders.
You may be more likely to get an eating disorder if: