Eating disorders can be seen as a way of coping with emotional distress, or as a symptom of underlying issues. Dealing with those underlying issues is vital to reaching and sustaining recovery. However, it may not be possible or advisable to try to deal with these issues whilst a person is trying to cope with the intense pressure during exam periods.
Depending on the severity of the condition, it may be helpful to support the person through the exams before addressing the eating disorder with them. If, however, they have become physically very unwell it may be necessary to prioritise the treatment of the eating disorder.