It’s thought that there are 1.6 million people in the UK who have been or should be diagnosed with an eating disorder. However, the reality is that there are many more people who have not asked for help. This could be because they’re ashamed to ask for help or they simply don’t know where to turn.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in many people being referred to eating disorder clinics and services. This is likely to be because their coping strategies no longer work or have been eliminated. 

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.

Coping Strategies 

Everyone has different coping strategies. Some people might meet up with their friends, others might go to the beach. Some people might cope with their feelings by visiting family, others might cope by doing something completely different. The pandemic has resulted in many people with eating disorders being unable to use the coping strategies and mechanisms that they relied on. 

Psychology and Biology

Eating is a psychological and biological thing. Ideally, people should eat something every 4 hours. This is so the body can keep going. If you don’t eat every 4 hours, your body will go into starvation mode. When this happens, it does not matter what weight you are, your body will begin to process energy differently. In other words, your body will act as if your stomach does not contain any food. 

Eating

When people begin to lose weight they feel a sense of achievement. This sense of achievement can be reinforced by losing more weight. This is why many people aim to lose weight even if they are underweight. 

Comfort eating is a way to provide the body with endorphins. However, the heightened mood is only temporary. In the long-term, overeating can affect a person’s weight. In return, their body image and self-esteem can be affected. 

The lockdown has resulted in coping strategies not being used anymore. This could be because people were no longer able to go to the same places or do the same things. Alternatively, the additional stress and insecurity that the pandemic caused could have thrown their coping strategies out of the window. 

Getting Help

There is help for eating disorders in Selby and the surrounding areas. Please speak to your doctor about how you’re feeling as soon as you can. 

Admitting you need help can be hard. You could always ask someone you trust to go to your doctor’s appointment with you. 

 

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.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk