Eating Disorders

Anorexia, Bulimia and overeating are all eating disorders which boys, girls, men and women from all types of backgrounds can experience. Controlling one’s eating and body shape is usually a method someone has developed to try to cope with difficult feelings. Sometimes it can be difficult to deal with feelings such as anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear and self criticism about your body and appearance. Traumatic events like bereavement, being bullied or abused can also trigger eating disorders. In other situations where there might be high academic expectations, upheaval in the family, concerns over sexuality or other issues which may not necessarily seem big to other people. A person may focus on food and eating as a way of coping with these stresses. An eating disorder is a sign that people may need help in coping with their life and to sort out personal problems. Without treatment eating disorders can persist throughout life affecting your physical health and wellbeing.

Anyone with an eating disorder must get professional medical advice. Either contact your GP or school nurse and they will advise of specialist agencies and make a referral to the appropriate service so that you can get help. Click on the highlighted link to read more about the link between bullying and eating disorders.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

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