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Eating Disorders

1in 10 people in the UK will experience partial or full symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder at some point in their lives.........

Sadly, eating disorders occur in most people who over-evaluate their body shape and weight. Considering that most young people evaluate themselves by their achievements in social relationships, sport & academia. Whereas those with eating disorders view their self-worth largely in terms of their body shape, image, and weight. Their world becomes obsessed with controlling these areas.

Although, the young person might be seriously underweight, they view this as a success rather than a problem.

They have limited motivation to change which is a major concern for families, friends and most importantly for recovery.

Some young people are more vulnerable than others, this can depend on the individual’s presence of biological or other predisposing factors.

Signs to look out for:


Difficulties at school

Teasing, bullying comments on their weight or body shape

Societal pressure to be slim

Relationship difficulties, breakdown in communication, poor support system



Conflict at home e.g., high parental expectations

Genetics, family history of mental illness, depression/eating disorder

Individual Characteristics

Perfectionist tendencies

Low self-esteem, emotional difficulties

Adverse sexual experiences and abuse

If you are seeing signs and symptoms of an eating disorder developing or taking hold.

Reach out for help and support, seek an experienced psychotherapist/counsellor as it can be a long, lonely journey for everyone involved.

Beateatingdisorders UK is a fantastic website they can signpost, give advice, or simply listen.

Wishing you a positive journey, you are not alone,


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