We all eat differently, but if eating is taking over your life, you could have an eating problem. 

Many people eat a lot in one day and are not very hungry the next. Some people go through phases of eating healthily and on other occasions they eat less healthily. However, this does not mean that they have an eating problem. 

If you control what you eat or how much you eat, you could have an eating problem. If you feel the urge to eat and then make yourself sick, you could also have an eating problem. 

You are not alone. There is a lot of support out there. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Eating problems (Also known as “eating disorders”) are very common. They can affect anyone with any lifestyle and any body shape. 

What Causes Eating Problems?

There are multiple causes of eating problems. For example, you might have developed an eating problem when some parts of your life aren’t going well. This can be the case if you’re not feeling in control or you’re stressed or worried about something. 

The images that we see in the media and online can make us all feel pressured to look a certain way. Unfortunately, this look might not be healthy.

 

The Symptoms of Eating Problems 

Below are some symptoms of eating problems which you might be experiencing or taking to extreme levels: 

  • Being afraid of putting on weight
  • Being secretive about eating
  • Being secretive about food or being preoccupied with food
  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Eating when you’re not hungry
  • Failing to enjoy eating socially
  • Feeling self-conscious when you eat in front of others
  • Leaving the table quickly to hide food or be sick
  • Losing your appetite
  • Making yourself sick
  • Obsessing about your body 
  • Only allowing yourself to eat certain types of food or following fad diets

 

If you think that some of the above symptoms are affecting your daily or most days, you should talk to someone. Please note, everyone’s experiences of eating problems are different. 

While being able to control what you eat or how much you eat might make you seem more in control, it can lead to serious problems. If you are worried, please ask for help. 

Here’s a link to a website that can help you get support: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines

Some eating problems can result in mental health conditions. These conditions will need to be diagnosed and treated. In some cases, and without the right support and treatment, they can cause death. This is why it is essential you ask for help.

Where to Get Help

For the best support for eating problems in Barlby or anywhere, use the above link. 

You could also:

  • Talk to your GP – Your GP is a trusted professional who can help you. They could suggest some therapies that could help you to understand what has triggered your eating problems. 
  • Talk to someone you can trust – It can be hard telling someone how you’re feeling. However, talking about it can be the first step to recovery. 

Other Sources of Help

Childline: 0800 1111 (open 9am until midnight throughout the year)

The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (open 4pm until 11pm, every day)

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: Text YM to 85258 (open all day, every day)

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.