eating disorders

Eating disorders: 'It could've been picked up earlier'

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Annabelle Harris remembers the first time she eventually saw a doctor about her eating disorder.

Annabelle Harris - who had an eating disorder

"I was about 13 or 14 years old when my mother took me to the GP. "It was difficult for me to understand I had a problem because anorexia wasn't something I thought I had.


Bulimia nervosa - non-technical

Bulimia nervosa - non-technical article


Bulimia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder that involves repeated binge eating followed by purging the body of calories to avoid gaining weight. The person who has bulimia has an irrational fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. Bulimia nervosa can have potentially fatal health consequences.


Bulimia is a psychiatric illness that is characterized by bouts of overeating, usually followed by self-induced vomiting or excessive use of laxatives. Most people suffering from bulimia are girls or women between the ages of 15 and 30. In some cases, the symptoms coexist with those of anorexia nervosa. Repeated vomiting can lead to dehydration and loss of potassium, causing weakness and cramps, and also causes tooth damage due to the gastric acid in vomit.

Anorexia Nervosa

Introduction: history of ideas

Two different approaches may be discerned in the conceptualization of anorexia nervosa.

1.The medico-clinical approach defines the illness in terms of its clinical manifestations; the main landmarks were the descriptions by William Gull in 1874 and Charles Lasègue in 1873.


Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by severe weight loss and altered self-image that leads sufferers to believe that they are fat even when they are, in fact, dangerously underweight.