Do you constantly worry about your body shape and weight?
Do you avoid social situations where you believe food will be involved?
Do you restrict the amount of food that you eat?
Do you make yourself sick or take laxatives after eating?
Do you over exercise?
Have you developed strict habits or routines around food?
Have you experienced changes to your moods or become irritable?
If any of these sound familiar then you may be struggling with an eating disorder.
How we can help…
Eating disorders can develop at any age however the risk is considered highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age. It is also common to have more than one type of eating disorder.
It is possible to recover from an eating disorder, however, it may take some time and the route to recovery is different for each person. If you think you, or someone you love, is suffering from an eating disorder contact us to find out more about our eating disorder counselling service and how we can help.
Eating Disorders – Adults
- feeling tired or dizzy
- feeling cold
- difficulties with your digestion
- your weight either being high or low for your age
- Amenorrhea (no longer getting your period)
Eating Disorders – Young People
- dramatic weight loss
- lying about how much they weigh
- lying about when and how much they have eaten
- eating a large amount of food quickly/short space of time
- going to the bathroom immediately following a meal
- over-exercising or exercising to the point of collapse
- they may avoid eating meals with the rest of the family
- they may cut their food into small pieces or eat very slowly
- they may start wearing loose or baggy clothes to hide weight loss
Binge Eating Disorder
Regularly eating very large amounts of food in a short time in an erratic manner can be a sign of binge eating. Other symptoms may include:
- eating very fast
- eating until uncomfortably full
- eating when you’re not hungry
- eating alone or secretly
Intense fear of becoming fat can lead to a restriction on energy intake leading to significantly low body weight. There is usually a distorted image of body weight or shape on self-evaluation as well as a lack of understanding relating to the seriousness of the impact on low body weight.
People with this disorder eat large quantities of food, over a short period. Typically, it is very difficult to stop even if they want to. The ‘binges’ may be planned where ‘special’ foods can be purchased or it can be a spontaneous binge and there are typically triggers to this behaviour.