Eating disorders

If you, or people around you are worried that you have an unhealthy relationship with food that’s affecting your eating habits, you could have an eating disorder. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape, but there are treatments that can help.

If you have an eating disorder, you may find aspects of the current situation particularly challenging, for example, the reduced availability of specific foods, social isolation and significant changes to your routine.

The eating disorder charity BEAT provides a helpline for people with eating challenges and some guidance on managing treatment, mealtimes, exercise and change to routines and socialising. Also reach out to your GP or your local NHS community eating disorder team for support and advice, where possible.

Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 17 years old. Your GP or local NHS eating disorder team can also provide help and support.

You can also get advice and support during the coronavirus outbreak from the eating disorder charity Beat.

Beat: eating disorders and coronavirus
Beat: helplines, message boards and online support groups

More information about types of eating disorders, how to check if you or someone you know has an eating disorder, treatment and how to get help is available here>

Alternatively, take a look at the services listed below detailing a wide range of support in the county and beyond:

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Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

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Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders is a national charity which provides an eating disorder helpline to help encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

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Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

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Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders is a national charity which provides an eating disorder helpline to help encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

read more
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