#whatareeatingdisorders Hi, I’m Amalia. And I’m Matthew. So what are eating disorders? People with an eating disorder usually have extremely negative thoughts
and feelings about their weight or body shape. And they might say things about themselves like ‘I’m too fat’, even when they’re not. They will use food or sometimes extreme exercise as a way to try and control these
powerful negative thoughts or feelings. They will either restrict what they eat, usually by eating very little food which is called ‘anorexia’ or they could exercise excessively. They
might eat too much food, which is called ‘bingeing’ or eat food and then throw it up again which is called ‘bulimia’. A big percentage a people with an eating disorder are women but recently it’s become more and more
common for men to have an eating disorder. When you think about it, there’s a lot of stuff in the media about how women and men should look or about diets and eating. So there can be
lots of pressure to look a certain way or to be thin. Maybe you’ve had times when you felt
unhappy with how you look or with your weight. Or maybe you’ve had times where you felt down about yourself or about stuff that’s happening to you. Someone with an eating disorder won’t be able to move on easily from these sorts of negative thoughts and feelings. And these thoughts and feelings will be extremely intense. They’ll find it hard
to stop feeling overwhelmed by their emotions or to stop the massive feelings of
worthlessness and the negative self-talk. And no matter how they look in the
mirror they will likely see themselves as fat or ugly. Most of the time we move on from
negative thoughts or feelings about our body size or shape and come to
feel okay about ourselves. But for someone with an eating disorder this can go on for months and months, and for some people years. And they are not not doing this on purpose, in fact they don’t really want to be like this at all. They’re not likely to snap out of it
either or feel better the next day or even the day after that. Eating disorders are a mental illness. No one’s sure exactly what causes them
but there are things that can help. So if you’re watching this because you’re
wondering if your parent has an eating disorder, it might be helpful to know what it can look like. Let’s start with anorexia. This is where the person restricts what they eat. They might only have tiny meals which they don’t eat much of or have excuses for why they aren’t hungry so they don’t eat at all. They might not eat with the family much
or even stop eating with other people. They might say they’re fat or too big
when they aren’t. And they might become obsessed with diets or exercise a lot. Someone who binges is likely to eat a lot of food in one big hit. This is usually done in private when no one else is around. They usually
do this when they’re not necessarily hungry. They may put on a lot of weight and
avoid going out or being seen in public. They might obsess about food and feel
guilty or shameful whenever they eat. Someone with bulimia might not like
eating food with the family or even stop eating with other people. They will often binge on food in private then throw it up and will usually be very secretive about
this. They may not have a lot of social life or go out with friends very much. Like we said before eating disorders are
mental illnesses but they’re not illnesses you can catch
so having a parent with an eating disorder, it does not mean you will get it too. If you want to know more about where a mental like this comes from check out the video on this website – #whatismentalillness. And remember you didn’t cause this. It’s not your fault. And it’s not your job to make your parent
better either. But the good news is that are things that a parent can choose to
do to get help. What parents can do Sometimes talking about it helps or getting support from other adults. Sometimes seeing a doctor, taking medicine or seeing a
psychologist can help people with an eating disorder. Remember lot’s of people with a mental
illness do get better and enjoy their family, their friends and other fun stuff
around them. Check out the video on this website
(#gettingbetter) for more information. So this doesn’t have to last forever. Having a parent with an eating disorder or
living with someone who has one means it’s really important that you make
sure you look after yourself. Do things you enjoy and find someone to
talk to and have some space. And check out the video on this website
– #looking after you. #lookingafteryou Try to find someone to talk over some of your worries with. It could be a parent or a family friend or a trusted adult. Or the Kids HelpLine and the number
for that one is on the screen. Free call 1800 55 1800. And it doesn’t have to be a crisis to call them.They’re trained people you can talk to and it’s all private. There’s lots of other information you might find helpful on the COPMI website www.copmi.net.au/youth at www.copmi.net.au/youth And check out some of the other
videos on this website. Take good care of yourself. Children of Parents with a Mental Illness-www.copmi.net.au Kids HelpLine 1800 55 1800. The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness national initiative is funded by the Australian Government.

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  1. l'm 16 yrs old and I hate the way I look the way my body is some people says l'm not fat but I consider myself as fat but I don't throw up. Do I have it?

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