Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is where you have an unhealthy attitude to food or eating which can become increasingly dangerous and cause many physical health problems. It will typically involve eating too much or too little, or becoming preoccupied with your weight and/or body shape. Both men and women of any age can develop an eating disorder, however they are most commonly diagnosed in young women aged 13 to 17 years old.

Facts about Eating Disorders


0.18% of people worldwide


6.4% of UK adults showed symptoms indicative of an eating disorder.


Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder


There are several types of Eating Disorders including:
  • Anorexia Nervosa – trying to make your weight as low as possible by not eating, body weight less than what is considered healthy, exercising too much, or both
  • Bulimia – Binging on large amount of food in a short amount of time and being deliberately sick, use laxatives or restricting what you eat to limit weight gain
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – when you regularly lose control of eating and eat large portions of food all at once until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED)– when eating symptoms do not exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, this is referred to as OSFED


Treatment will depend on the type of eating disorder.
Physical treatments:  
  • Antidepressant or Anxiolytic (Anxiety)
Psychological therapies with a private psychologist:
  • CBT
  • Motivational Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
Physical Health Monitoring  
Frequent physical health checks may be required as eating disorders typically have a significantly negative effect on health.  
Living with an eating disorder is a challenging and frequently misunderstood condition. However with a team of qualified health-care professionals, you can successfully overcome the difficult behaviours associated with your eating disorder –

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