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Eating disorders

What are eating disorders?

Who gets eating disorders?

What types of eating disorder are there?

What does it feel like to have an eating disorder?

What causes eating disorders?

What treatments are available for eating disorders?

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  • Produced by Clare Foster, freelance health editor, and Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Content, Bupa UK, September 2017
    Next review due September 2020

    Bupa UK expert reviewers:

    • Naomi Humber, Psychology Services Manager, EAP
    • Stuart Haydock, Resilience Lead, Health Clinics
    • Sarah Deedat, Head of Behaviour Change
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