You don’t have to have all these symptoms to be diagnosed with an eating disorder.
As well as these symptoms, you may feel bad about yourself or that you are not good enough, feel sad, anxious or irritable, or not feel like spending time or getting involved in activities with other people.
Even if you are not unusually skinny or do not feel skinny, you may have an eating disorder if you are experiencing the above symptoms.
What causes eating disorders?
There isn't just one simple reason why eating disorders occur.
Researchers think that eating disorders happen because of a combination of factors. These factors can be biological (the way your brain works), genetic (familial), psychological (how you think), social (your relationships with other people) or cultural (the customs and values of the people around you).
Generally, girls/women are at higher risk of developing an eating disorder than boys/men.
Some other things that may make you more at risk of developing an eating disorder are: