Family Services

Eating Disorders

Today’s media continues to be filled with images of extremely thin models. Often youth and young children strive for an unhealthy and abnormal body image, which can lead to eating disorders.

There are three major types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa – a condition when a person loses weight by restricting food intake, fasting, or compulsive exercise or by binging and purging;
  • Bulimia Nervosa – when a person binges and then induces vomiting or uses laxatives or water pills to get rid of the food; and
  • Binge-eating disorder – which is similar to Bulimia without the purging.

Bulimia Nervosa affects one to three per cent of youth and young adults, and is more common than Anorexia. Of those who experience these disorders, about 90 per cent are female.

Effective treatments include family therapy, anti-depressants and increasing understanding of healthy weight and nutrition.

Refer to the links and resources on this site to learn more about eating disorders or contact your local health care provider.

(Reference: Offord Centre for Child Studies – Eating Problems in Children and Adolescents article)


Resources

Eating Problems in Children and Adolescents, Offord Centre for Child Studies (PDF)

Links

Mind Your Mind -- A place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times.

Canadian Living – Teen Eating Disorders

Canadian Mental Health Association – Eating Disorders

Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development

Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada

National Eating Disorder Information Centre