Eating disorders are not about weight, nor body image or food. Anorexia just presents that way in symptoms. Anorexia is a complex mental health disorder driven by a web of components. Photo: Alamy

Beating anorexia: what causes the eating disorder – and how to support someone battling it

  • Complex mental health disorder is driven by a number of factors including genetics, environmental influences and personality traits
  • An eating-disorder expert and a recovered patient describe how best to help someone recover
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Eating disorders are not about weight, nor body image or food. Anorexia just presents that way in symptoms. Anorexia is a complex mental health disorder driven by a web of components. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.