Eating disorders and therapy for these are often discussed online and in the media. However, it can still be difficult to acknowledge to yourself and others that you have eating- or food-related issues. And it can be hard to know how to help someone you think has an eating disorder. If you are concerned about yourself or another person, then the most important things to note are:

  • Get help. If you can, find a specialist in eating disorders (and body image). A specialist should be able to help link you into support such as talking therapy and a nutritionist. If you can’t access specialist help directly, then seek other routes. Your GP is always a good place to start (in the UK).
  • Don’t delay. Eating disorders can have serious medical consequences.

Therapy can help

Therapy can help with both prevention of and recovery from eating disorders. It also offers a space for exploring our relationship with food.

Online resources

The NHS page on eating disorders

Eating disorders: advice for parents from the NHS

How therapy helps with eating disorders – an interesting, non-technical article from the US.

If you suffer from trauma symptoms, and even if you don’t, please think carefully about what to watch and read before clicking on a link. Learning when to challenge yourself a little and when to protect yourself is an important part of managing your self-care.

James Downs talking about eating disorders

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