Understanding Eating Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating habits that can have serious physical and emotional consequences. These disorders affect individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds and require specialized treatment to address underlying issues and promote recovery.

Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders encompass a range of conditions, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED). While each disorder has its unique features, they all involve disturbances in eating behaviours, body image concerns, and often co-occurring psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, or trauma.

Causes of Eating Disorders

The causes of eating disorders are multifaceted and can include a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, environmental, and sociocultural factors (Mitchell & Peterson, 2020). Genetic predisposition, neurotransmitter imbalances, childhood trauma, societal pressure to attain thinness, and perfectionistic tendencies are among the many factors that may contribute to the development of an eating disorder.

Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Symptoms of eating disorders vary depending on the specific disorder but may include:

  • Extreme restriction of food intake or avoidance of certain food groups (anorexia nervosa).
  • Episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviours such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise (bulimia nervosa).
  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating without compensatory behaviours (binge eating disorder).
  • Distorted body image and preoccupation with weight, shape, and appearance.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

Treatment for eating disorders typically involves a multidisciplinary approach that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of the disorder (Treasure & Schmidt, 2019). The primary goals of treatment are to restore physical health, normalise eating behaviours, address underlying emotional issues, and develop healthy coping strategies. Nutrition therapy with a qualified credentialed eating disorder clinician dietitian is often a crucial component of treatment.

In Brisbane, individuals struggling with eating disorders can seek support from our team of experienced professionals, including eating disorder dietitians specialising in personalised nutrition therapy. Whether you’re looking for an eating disorder dietitian in Brisbane or searching for “dietitians near me,” we’re here to provide compassionate care and support on your journey to recovery.


Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that require comprehensive treatment and support. With early intervention, evidence-based therapies, and a supportive treatment team, individuals with eating disorders can achieve recovery and lead fulfilling lives.

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  • Mitchell, J. E., & Peterson, C. B. (2020). Treatment of Eating Disorders. In E. J. Mash & R. A. Barkley (Eds.), Treatment of Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (pp. 385-412). Guilford Press.
  • Treasure, J., & Schmidt, U. (2019). The Cognitive-Interpersonal Maintenance Model of Anorexia Nervosa Revisited: A Summary of the Evidence for Cognitive, Socio-Emotional and Interpersonal Predisposing and Perpetuating Factors. Journal of Eating Disorders, 7(1), 1-15.

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