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 We all need to eat and drink for our survival and all of us at some point in our lives will have experimented with different eating habits or styles. But there is often a link between how we feel and what we eat and normal eating patterns can be affected leading to what can sometimes be defined as an Eating Disorder (or disordered eating). Eating Disorders can have an impact on your weight, general health and self-esteem.

The three main types of Eating Disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa (when someone cuts down on their food intake)
  • Bulimia Nervosa (when someone may make themselves vomit or take laxatives after eating)
  • Binge Eating Disorder (when someone feels the need to keep eating large amounts of food even though they may not feel hungry).

Eating Disorders can happen to anyone and can be triggered by lots of things. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Family Breakdown
  • Pressure to look a certain way for a society, job or hobby (e.g. ballet dancer)
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety

What are the symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders affect the body as well as the mind. Here are a few symptoms you may be experiencing if you have been having some problems with food and your eating patterns

  • Wearing baggy clothes or dressing in layers
  • Having an obsession with weight, size, calories and exercising
  • Hair loss
  • Pale or a gray tint to the skin
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Frequent sore throats and/or swollen glands
  • Low self-esteem & feeling worthless
  • Often feeling cold
  • Loss of menstrual cycle (period)
  • Constipation or incontinence
  • Bruised or callused knuckles; bloodshot eyes or swollen cheeks
  • Mood swings
  • Losing or gaining weight
  • Fatigued and sleepy
  • Frequently out of breath after relatively light activities
  • Excessive sweating and shortness of breath
  • High/low blood pressure

Eating disorders are not only associated with low body weight - you can have an eating disorder at any weight.

What can I do to help myself?

If you think you may be developing an Eating Disorder, or are suffering from one, there are a few things that could help:

  • Try to avoid material that may ‘trigger’ you, for example celebrity magazines that are very judgemental about physical appearance
  • Consider talking to your GP
  • Consider talking to an adult you trust, for example a teacher, parent or older sibling
  • Write down your thoughts in a journal
  • Keep in contact with your friends
  • Try to reduce your stress levels if possible

The support of family and friends can also be indispensable.

What can we do for you?

Here at ‘Off The Record’ we have a team of skilled and supportive staff that can help you to talk about the reasons why you might be experiencing an eating disorder or being affected in any way. In a warm and friendly environment, that is safe and confidential, we can help you to work towards feeling better.

The ways in which you can contact us to get support are:

  • By Phone
  • Via Email
  • Drop in to our centre in Havant where you can talk to a member of the team who may arrange for you to see a counsellor.

Contact us we’re here to help.