Does an Eating Disorder Count as a Disability?

Many people underemphasize the seriousness of eating disorders, however, these disorders are often very serious and sometimes can be fatal. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, pica and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders negatively affect many men and women of all ethnicities and ages and come in many forms.

Many of these disorders can lead to heart disease, musculoskeletal problems, changes in hormones, psychological effects, neurological problems, blood problems, organ failure or dehydration and esophageal problems.

Four eating disorders are recognized by The Canadian Disability Tax Credit Program, and while this does not speak to your individual insurance policy, it’s interesting information to know.

These Eating Disorders Include:

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. The disorder often comes with a fear of weight gain and body image issues which have no basis in reality. A lack of nutrition leads to stress on the heart, can stop menstruation, and can lead to bone loss, organ failure and even death.


Picainvolves the compulsive habit of ingesting non-nutritional and even non-food items (like glass, chalk, etc).

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that involves “binging and purging”, a recurrent cycle of overeating and other behaviors designed to offset the binge. Often involves self-induced vomiting or laxatives. May also involve over-exercising, fasting or the use of diuretics.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder involves an uncontrollable compulsion to overeat. Those affected are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and even certain cancers.

The four eating disorders listed above are not the only eating disorders out there. There are many other non-specific debilitating eating disorders that go undiagnosed and do not qualify for disability benefits. In order to receive disability benefits from your insurance company for an eating disorder, you will need a formal medical diagnosis from a qualified psychiatrist or doctor. It is also wise to talk to a disability law firm, like Share Lawyers, to learn what you are entitled to and what documentation you will be required to present to your insurance company.

Has your long-term disability claim been denied?
Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case.Find out if you have a disability case.

We have recently settled cases against SSQ, Manulife, Sun Life, Great West Life, and many more. We love hearing feedback from our clients, so please share your own experience with us.

Denied your long term disability claim?

Contact Share Lawyers today and put our experience to work for you. Our 35+ years of experience can help you win your case against Canada Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and other insurance companies. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless you win your case. Join us on Facebook and become a Top Fan for a chance to win each month.


A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

Our Disability law firm knows what you have been going through

We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf

Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.

If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.

In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.

Related Articles

We’re here to support you during this difficult time

How can we help?