Having an unhealthy body image is bad for general wellbeing and is also incredibly time consuming. Here are a few tips for improving your body image.
Eating disorders and body image
An estimated 1 million Australians experience a type of eating or body image disorder. But treatment is available to help them lead healthier lives.
Body dysmorphic disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder causes someone to feel shame or disgust with part of their body or appearance. Any body part can become its focus.
Symptoms of eating disorders
It is not always easy to tell if someone has an eating disorder, but there may be physical and psychological signs that suggest they have a problem. Learn more here.
Teenage mental health
Teenagers and adolescents can suffer from mental health issues as they experience new relationships, school or study or starting a new job.
Eating disorders - overview
An unhealthy relationship with food and eating may indicate an eating disorder, a potentially serious mental health condition.
It's not unusual to be concerned about body image or diet, but using extreme weight loss methods can lead to eating disorders, like bulimia nervosa.
Anabolic steroids can enhance sports performance and body image, but they are illegal in Australia unless prescribed by a doctor and can do long-term harm to your body.
Diagnosis of eating disorders
To diagnose an eating disorder, a doctor will need to assess your condition before referring you to the services you will need for recovery.
Types of eating disorders
The 3 main types of eating disorders are binge eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia. People can experience symptoms of more than one eating disorder.