National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual week of campaigning which is devoted to talking and raising awareness of eating disorders. One in ten people in the UK will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life, it’s more common than we think. Below find out what the common eating disorders are, how to spot them and how you can get help.
An eating disorder can manifest itself when a person has an abnormal relationship with food and this relationship causes them to change their eating habits and behaviour in an unhealthy way.
Someone who has an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and figure, constantly weighing themselves or looking at themselves in the mirror, being very critical about how they look.
Eating disorders can affect someone psychologically, socially and physically.
What cause eating disorders?
Sometimes eating disorders are blamed on the media and social pressure to be thin, however causes can be more complex.
Eating disorders may derive from environmental, genetic, emotional or biological factors, they may be associated with an event or other trigger from the persons past. Illness may also be a factor.
If you have answered yes to two or more questions you may have an eating disorder, get in touch now to book an initial consultation with me or call your doctor.
How to spot an eating disorder in others
Warning signs to look for:
What can you do to help them?
It can be very difficult to approach someone with an eating disorder, they get defensive and be secretive about, they may deny it initially.
Try to remain calm and be open to listening, they may talk to you over a period of time, they may not disclose everything in one go, therefore give them time to open up.
Read around the subject to make yourself more knowledgable, don’t offer them a solution but say you’ll get help together.
Book an appointment with me face to face or through SKYPE or book an appointment for them to see their Doctor.
Useful contact numbers:
BEAT – 0345 6341414
Youth helpline – 0345 6347650