Eating Problems

Eating problems occur when you have a difficult relationship with food. This may be due to an event going on in your life such as exam stress, that either puts you off your food or makes you eat more than usual. It is common for people to change their eating habits every now and again, e.g a diet before a holiday. If this starts to take over what you do everyday then this may become a problem.

It is also important, if you are trying to lose weight and increase your exercise and to eat a healthy balanced diet. You can get a nutritional plan from your school nurse or GP and if you go to the gym lots of fitness instructors can help you set up a healthy and balanced weight loss plan.

The signs you have an unhealthy relationship with food could include:

  • Strictly controlling the amount you eat
  • Not being able to control what you eat
  • Eating alone/in secret
  • Eating more or less when feeling emotional/stressed
  • Feeling anxious about eating
  • Strict diets
  • Replacing meals with non food supplements e.g juices, pills, milkshakes
  • Not wanting to eat around other people
  • Always thinking about food
  • Weighing yourself regularly
  • Comparing your body size to others

Tips

Try to keep a food diary to make sure you are eating at least three healthy meals a day, this could be taken to the GP or specialist you choose to see.

It is important that you get support if you think you have an eating problem as this could lead to serious health risks.

You can make an appointment with your GP or contact your Healthy Child Team (school nurses) who can offer some advice and support.

Where to get help

You can contact BUZZ US to discuss this anonymously

You can ask school or college to contact COMPASS BUZZ and request support so we can support your teacher with ideas about how they can support you.

Young Minds -is a great website that promotes mental health and wellbeing for young people

Website www.youngminds.org.uk

Healthy child team (school nurses)

Website www.hdft.nhs.uk

Telephone 01609 780780 (between the hours of 8:00am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. Outside of these hours it will be answered by the Duty Social Care Team).

B-eat – support for young people around eating problems

Website www.b-eat.co.uk

Helpline number for under 25’s: 0808 801 0711 (Daily 3pm-10pm)

Anorexia and bulimia care – support for young people around eating problems

Website www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk

Helpline 03000 11 12 13 (option 1: support line, option 2: family and friends)

Men Get Eating Disorders Too – support for males around eating problems

Website www.mengetedstoo.co.uk