The Financial Cost of Eating Disorders

Cara's Corner

Eating disorders are costly in many ways.

Most often, people think about the costs to our health and wellbeing which are significant, but the financial impact of eating disorders is rarely spoken about. I have put together a list of just some of the costs associated with having an eating disorder, which many people may not realise or be aware of.

Food
This may seem like an obvious one, but it can be a problem for different reasons, and actually it’s one some people might not consider due to the perception that people with eating disorders ‘don’t eat’ which is painfully untrue in 99% of cases. So firstly, bingeing can be very expensive. However, even if somebody is restricting what they eat they might spend a lot of money on particular safe foods that are non-negotiable. It is also not often considered how much money it can cost to buy…

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