Anorexia is an eating disorder. It can occur independently of other conditions or, in the case of autistic people, as a co-occurring condition. Autistic people, especially females, are frequently diagnosed with anorexia prior to, or even instead of, being diagnosed as autistic – an example of misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis.

Whilst from the outside, anorexia is seen as a form of self-harm, and it is undoubtedly physically unhealthy, for some autistic people, limiting food intake rigidly, gives a form of control and choice, in a world that feels chaotic in so many other ways.

You may also be interested in reading the information on Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)