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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a type of mental illness that involves unhealthy thoughts and behaviours towards food, weight, and your body shape. An eating disorder is more than just about food. It is a complex condition and requires treatment by a health care professional. Learn more in this section.

Eating Disorder Types

There are different types of eating disorders. The most well-known are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Learn more about types of eating disorders: 

Understanding Eating Disorders

There is no single reason why someone develops an eating disorder. The risk of developing an eating disorder varies by individual. Eating disorders can be caused by various factors such as a person’s personality, mental health, genetic and biological factors, and the social environment. 

Useful Resources

Government of BC

Visit the following pages for information and supports for mental health and substance use for yourself or your loved one.

Jessie’s Legacy

Jessie’s Legacy provides education, resources and inspiration to prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

The BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, help with system navigation, and parent peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. Learn more about resources and support for people of all ages with eating disorders or disordered eating concerns.

Looking Glass Foundation

The Looking Glass Foundation strives to support individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. The foundation provides programs and services, including peer support groups.

National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

NEDIC provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders. 

Last Update: June 2021