An eating disorder is a preoccupation and obsession with food, eating, body image and appearance.
It is more than simply being aware of the importance of a healthy diet. If your preoccupation affects your life, causing you to change your habits and behaviour, this is commonly known as an eating disorder.
How do I know if I have an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are far more complex than simply a desire to be thin. Different eating disorders will affect people in different ways and people with eating issues can become adept at hiding their problems.
Symptoms of eating disorders can vary, you may present with some and not others. If you’re concerned that you may have an eating disorder, Northumberland NHS has provided an excellent self-help guide on Eating Disorders, which includes a questionnaire you can take as a rough guide to your eating difficulties.
What can I do to help myself?
You may feel that food is the one thing in your life you can control but, without help, eating disorders can have many negative physical and mental consequences. It may help to make a list of all the reasons you want to change, either now, or at some point in the future.
- BEAT Eating Disorders Association
- CCI - Building body acceptance
- CCI - Overcoming disordered eating, part A
- CCI - Overcoming disordered eating, part B
- Mind Your Head video - Body Perception in Eating Disorders
- National Centre for Eating Disorders
- Fight For Freedom: A young woman's quest to raise awareness about Anorexia Nervosa