Eating Disorders

'Had a pretty rough day at work. Well, at least it was really busy, so I didn't have time for lunch – I'm getting too many calories.

Tom noticed that I did not have dinner tonight and he made me drink a whole glass of milk – that's 110 calories!

I went to the bathroom and got rid of it. I just have to make sure he doesn't find out.'



Abnormal eating behaviour can be used to cope with family problems, low self esteem, loneliness and depression.

It can give you a false sense of control over your life.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work – it just leads to further worsening of both your physical and mental health, resulting in a vicious cycle.

What can you do about Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are serious. If you fit the diagnostic criteria, seek professional help.


An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).