Eating Disorders

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are a mental illness and can occur when people use food to help them deal with painful situations or feelings.These can include: low self-esteem, family relationships, problems with friends, the death of someone special, problems at work, college or at university, lack of confidence, sexual or emotional abuse. Many people talk about simply feeling ‘too fat’ or ‘not good enough’.

Who can suffer from an eating disorder?

Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex, cultural or racial background, although the people most likely to be affected tend to be young women, particularly between the ages of 12-25.

Why is it important to get help?

Eating disorder behaviours you’ve learned can be unlearned if you’re motivated to change and willing to ask for help. With treatment and support from others most people can overcome eating disorders and regain a healthy lifestyle.

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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms on this page, please visit your GP as soon as possible.