Do You Have An Eating Disorder?

Boys, girls, men and women from all backgrounds and ethnic groups can be affected by eating disorders.

Eating disorders are mental illnesses and can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that are making you unhappy, angry, depressed, anxious or worried.

Eating disorders are complex; there’s no single cause and not all symptoms will apply to all people. You may feel that you have a mixture of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder or even alternate between them. Some people also find they are affected by other mental health issues, an urge to harm themselves or abuse alcohol or drugs.

Even if you don't have these symptoms if you are worried and upset by something, anything, it is important you find someone to talk to. Don't bottle it up.

Sometimes people worry about talking to someone because they feel their eating disorder isn’t serious enough, they don’t want to worry people or waste their time, or because they feel guilty, embarrassed or ashamed. Whether your eating difficulties began recently, you’ve been struggling for a while or you’re finding yourself relapsing, you deserve support and with this support you can overcome your eating disorder. Eating disorders are illnesses and you deserve to have your concerns acknowledged respectfully, to be taken seriously and to be supported in the same way as if you were affected by any other illness.

To read more about the different kinds of eating disorders visit the types of eating disorders section of our website.

In this section we’ll take a look at related issues you might find associated with your eating disorder, how you might expect to access help and treatment and information and inspiration about recovery.

Issue date: July 2014
Review date: July 2017
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