Despite the increased prevalence of eating disorders (ED) in Singapore, there still exists widespread misconception about this mental illness. For many, an eating disorder is often misconstrued as an “extreme diet” or “lifestyle choice” – with the presumption that one can simply make a decision to “stop”. Few recognise that it is a serious mental illness that is severe and complex.
In this panel discussion, we will dialogue with mental health professionals to better understand the various types of eating disorders, their diagnosis, symptoms, and how they impact individuals differently. We will also address common misconceptions surrounding the illness and will share tips on how you can reach out to persons suspected of, or dealing with ED. The panellists will also shed light on current treatment and intervention options and how communities can come together to aid in preventive efforts.