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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is when someone has problems with food and/or weight.

You may think you’re too fat, and as a result start restricting what you eat. You may think your life will be better if you lost weight.

Most of us feel this way at some time or other, but it can get out of control. You may start to obsess over every calorie, every bit of exercise, a kilo gained can ruin your day. It starts taking over your life, and threatening your health and happiness - that’s when it’s developed into something more serious.

Boys, girls, men and women can all be affected by an eating disorder.

Ask yourself whether you:

  • Feel guilty when eating certain foods.
  • Sneak food or eat large amounts on the spur of the moment
  • Prefer not to eat in front of other people
  • Stop going to fun events because there might be fattening foods
  • Weigh yourself a lot and feel fat even though you’re smaller than other people
  • Often count calories and/or fat grams and worry about what you’ll eat next
  • Try not to eat for a while, and then overeat and feel guilty
  • Make yourself vomit, use laxatives, or over-exercise

If you said yes to any of the above, talk to someone you trust and see your GP. Don’t waste any time. The sooner you start getting proper help, the better your chances are of beating it.

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Last updated: 22 May 2015

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