To understand an eating disorder, it is important to know that it is a complex mental health condition, not a form of extreme dieting and in particular not “all about food”.
An eating disorder can be understood as the physical manifestation of emotional distress. Rather than confronting an emotional issue that may be affecting them, an individual may find comfort in certain behaviours around food. Therefore an eating disorder can best be described as a coping tool. (Bodywhys: Eating Disorders- a resource for parents )