Eating Disorders are a group of clinical mental health conditions that involve very serious disturbance in eating behaviours and in how people control their weight as a result of core negative thoughts and feelings around eating and body image.
Unhealthy eating patterns and dissatisfaction with weight and shape are common in the population, especially at certain stages of life such as adolescence.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder. They occur in all ages, genders, ethnic groups and parts of the world.
Eating disorders will affect approximately 4 in 50 women and 1 in 50 men.
The National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders webpage contains information for the public and for professionals about the HSE Model of Care and about eating disorders. It can be found here (LINK)