What are they?
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses: meaning chaos and upset. People suffering from eating disorders have strange attitudes towards food, causing them to change their eating habits and behaviour.
A person with an eating disorder may think about their weight and shape loads, leading to unhealthy choices about food; which can be dangerous and have damaging results to their health. They may skip meals or cut down on the types of food they eat, or eat a lot and then starve themselves for a few days.
Lots of people experiment with food choices but if someone is eating, or not eating, to cope with emotions – like being bored or angry or sad – then it could become a problem.