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Eating Concerns

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Eating Concerns          3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with Eating Problems
4. Information on Treatment and Support for Eating Problems 5.

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2. Eating Concerns

Eating disorders are a serious mental illness and affect over 1.6 million people in the UK.

Although they are serious, they are treatable and people can fully recover from them.  The sooner someone gets the help and support that they need, the better chance they have of making a full recovery.

There are 3 main types of eating disorder:

 
Anorexia

This is where someone may have a distorted vision of what they look like; they may think they are fat, when they are not.

They will intentionally try and keep their body weight low and will do this by dieting, taking laxatives, vomiting or exercising excessively.

They may hide what they are doing from their friends and family.  By lowering their body weight, their health may be severely affected, periods may stop, bone density can be lost and muscles start to break down, including the heart muscle.

 
Bulimia

People with bulimia often feel that they have lost control over their eating.

They may have a healthy weight, but they get stuck in a cycle of over eating (binge eating) and then vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics to stop them from gaining weight.

They often hide what they are doing from others and often feel “bad” about what they are doing.  Misusing laxatives can affect the heart and can be a serious complication.  Vomiting can also destroy the tooth enamel.

 
‘Binge Eating’ Disorder

People affected by this condition have a loss of control over what they eat and overeat on a regular basis.  They usually will often buy special binge eating food and will plan to eat it in private.  They will often eat when not hungry.

This eating disorder will result in weight gain and following a binge eating event, they often feel guilty and this can affect their self-esteem.


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