Eating disorders

There is a range of eating disorders which are experienced by individuals, including but not limited to: anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.

These disorders may present with the following symptoms:

  • constant or repetitive dieting
  • evidence of binge-eating
  • changes in food-preferences
  • strong focus on body shape and weight
  • social withdrawal from friends
  • deceptive behaviour around food
  • sudden or rapid changes in weight.

People can get better from eating disorders. It’s important to seek help if you’re worried about the way you or a family member are eating. Talk to your GP or health practitioner.

To find out more about eating disorders or get support, visit the websites below.

Related websites

Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand
An association established to provide support and education for parents and caregivers of people with eating disorders.

Central Region Eating Disorder Service
A service based in the Wellington region providing treatment and support services for people with eating disorders.

Health Navigator
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.

Family Services Directory
Find local support for a variety of issues including eating disorders.

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.

NHS Choices
Health information from the UK National Health Service.

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