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Food and body image

Everyone eats differently but if you take eating to extremes you could have an eating problem, but you’re not alone.

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Unhealthy eating patterns and negative body image can be symptoms of an eating disorder, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, and have some of the highest rates of mortality and morbidity among mental illnesses.

Our youth centres offer short term programs which can help you develop healthy eating habits and positive self image. Through these centres, you can also get access to counselling, if necessary.

Centre locations

Gosford Centre

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Location: Gosford NSW 2250

Phone: (02) 4305 3354


Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder where you worry about your weight, want to lose weight and eat less and less food.  It is characterised by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight, which results in depriving the body of food. It's a serious condition, but with the right help, you can recover and take back your life.

Symptoms of anorexia include:

  • intense fear of weight gain
  • restriction of food intake
  • being significantly underweight
  • excessive exercise
  • distorted image of own body weight and shape.

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Teenagers and Young Adults

Bulimia Nervosa

It's an eating disorder where you get into a cycle of overeating and then making yourself sick to try to control your weight. People with bulimia may have previously suffered from anorexia

Symptoms of bulimia include:

  • intense fear of weight gain
  • distorted image of own body weight and shape
  • binge-eating episodes and forced vomiting
  • excessive exercise
  • diet pill and laxative use.

Additional resources

For more information on how to improve your body image, call Wesley Hospital on (02) 9716 1442, which has a number of useful resources and supports. Headspace also provides a number of helpful resources about eating disorders in young people.

If you need to speak to someone right now call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you’re in danger or someone you know is, call emergency services on 000.

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