About Eating Disorders

This section provides detailed information about eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Our factsheets explore symptoms and causes of each type of eating disorder.

If you are looking for eating disorders help, we also have a section which provides a wide range of advice and information, including how to get treatment, how eating disorders are diagnosed and problems such as compulsive exercise and the physical side-effects of eating disorders.

All of our factsheets have been written and reviewed by our team of specialists at Newbridge House.


Anorexia nervosa is characterised by an overwhelming fear and phobia of normal body size. The individual severely restricts food intake in order to lose weight and may also use other behaviours such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or excessive exercise...
In bulimia nervosa, the individual binge eats and then tries to compensate for this by restricting his or her food intake, or using other compensatory behaviours such as vomiting, laxative misuse or excessive exercise...
Binge eating disorder is the most prevalent but the least well understood and publicised of all eating disorders. It is estimated that between one and three per cent of the population may be affected...
It is common for people to be diagnosed as having an eating disorder not otherwise specified. This means you have some of the features of the three types of eating disorders but you do not have all the characteristics used to diagnose that disorder....