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Debunking Myths About Eating Disorders

Joseph Sparks

1st March 2017

Can you tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them? Do eating disorders just affect young women? Are eating disorders just about food?

These are just some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to eating disorders and unfortunately, like many psychological disorders, eating disorders are exceptionally complex, which means that there are many myths and misconceptions.

For example, are eating disorders just about food?

The answer is ‘no’. While food and weight are associated with eating disorders, they are often used as a way of coping with other psychological issues and during times of bereavement, trauma and social pressure. Furthermore, eating disorders have high rates of co-morbidity with many other psychological illnesses.

Starting with the common myths and misconceptions when teaching a topic, is an interesting way to spark a debate; to read about the other myths and misconceptions, click here.

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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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