Issues with eating and food can develop at any time in life and is not confined to gender or age. Young people are particularly at risk due to the constant bombardment of images of what's deemed to be the ideal body across all forms of social media.
Consequently, people of all ages are under intense pressure to conform to the socially accepted body image. Young people are more susceptible to this overwhelming pressure as it is often of paramount
importance that they are accepted by their peers.
Add to this the growing emphasis on exercise and healthy eating, and you have the makings of very confused, anxious young people, desperate to fit in with their friends. As well as Bullimia and Anorexia, we are now seeing the emergence of a new eating disorder, Orthorexia. This is characterized by a strong desire to eat healthily, as opposed to the fear of gaining weight.
Disordered eating is a complex issue, and those struggling to win back control of their lives often need regular, on-going support if they are to gain the confidence and self-belief needed in order to ignore the pressure they are dealing with on a daily basis.