Eating disorders and self-worth

By: Harleen

What is an eating disorder?

  • Intense emotions and abnormal behaviours around food and weight.
  • Serious emotional and physical problems that have life threatening consequences.
  • Individuals sometimes don't know about eating disorder, their causes, consequences or the warning signs that can indicate that someone needs help.

Types of eating disorders

Eating disorders are mental illnesses and they are not simply a lifestyle choice.

The different eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)


  • Low self- esteem and self- worth
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • An individual may be bullied on physical appearance
  • Not feeling accepted by peers, media and society's standards of beauty
  • Discomfort, disappointment on yourself followed by intense emotions
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Eating disorders can be genetic, social or psychological

Poor body image and Media influence

  • Individuals feel need to compare themselves to other people example: observe their lifestyle and popularity.
  • Needing to fit in and belong to a group
  • Comparison to models in magazines who are often airbrushed and their images are unrealistic.
  • Having poor confidentiality, social image, effects on metal health and well being.
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Family Influence

  • Family members may struggle with their own body image and criticize their kids looks
  • Individuals then develop negative thoughts about their body image and question who they are and their self worth.
  • Influences behaviour of children ( Could begin dieting, restricting food intake and calories)
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Facts & Statistics

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Prevention of eating disorders

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  • Doctor: pay close attention to the symptoms of weight loss and can detect evolving eating disorder.
  • A therapist: Spend time with individuals and have a more objective picture of behaviour and attitude changes.
  • A nutritionist: Help individuals with eating disorders get back on track with a healthy and nutritious diet.
  • Also Family: Parents, peers & sibling can be in a good position to detect changing attitudes around food, weight, and shape.


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