Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health. There a range of conditions that can affect that person physically, psychologically and socially.

The most common eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia nervosa – when a person tries to keep their weight as low as possible; for example, by starving themselves or exercising excessively
  • Bulimia – when a person goes through periods of binge eating and is then deliberately sick or uses laxatives (medication to help empty the bowels) to try to control their weight
  • Binge eating disorder (BED) – when a person feels compelled to overeat large amounts of food in a short space of time.


AJ-Books-2-2400px Impact on Study:


  • Physical exhaustion, distraction by negative thoughts, loss of motivation to work.
  • Extreme self-consciousness- may increase a student’s level of social anxiety.


  • Struggle in examinations, or meeting deadlines for assignments.
  • With increased social anxiety, student may for example be unwilling to participate in presentations or confront individuals.