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FAQ and Where to Find Help

What is an eating disorder or disordered eating?

The most common eating disorders are binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and other specified feeding and eating disorders.

You may have an eating disorder if you:

  • spend most of your day thinking about food and your body
  • make excuses to avoid eating
  • feel guilty or ashamed for eating
  • eat in secret
  • avoid meals, restrict certain foods, or not eat – even when you are hungry
  • purge food after eating (over-exercise, vomit, use laxatives)
  • eat large amounts of food in a short period of time
  • feel out of control when eating
  • think that life will only be good if you achieve an ideal weight
  • think you need to be perfect all the time

If you have any combination of these behaviours, thoughts and feelings:

  • talk about your concerns with someone you trust
  • contact a mental health professional for information, resources and support

Do people recover from an eating disorder?

  • Yes, recovery is possible, no matter what your age or gender.
  • Recovery takes time.
  • Treatment varies from person to person, depending on their unique needs.

Some people think I need help, but I don’t think so.

  • If someone you know is concerned about you, they may be seeing behaviours or changes you don’t.
  • It is important to explore this with a healthcare provider.

 Where can I get help? 

Treatment is available for people of all ages.  To learn more about the treatment options in Manitoba, visit: www.eatingdisordersmanitoba.ca