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Eating disorder/disordered eating

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eating disorder?

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Hi there, 

Thank you for your question and well done for reaching out for support today.  

Sometimes, people struggle with their thoughts and feelings about food and their bodies. When this struggle becomes severe and starts to affect their health, it is called an eating disorder.  

There are many different types of eating disorders; and I will explain some of them for you: 

  • Anorexia nervosa: Some people might try to eat very little food because they are afraid of gaining weight, even if they are already very thin. 

  • Bulimia nervosa: Some people might eat a lot of food in a short time and then try to get rid of it, like throwing up or exercising a lot. 

  • Binge eating disorder: Some people might feel like they can’t control how much they eat, and they eat large amounts of food in a short time, often feeling guilty or ashamed afterwards.

Here is an article from the Childline website that explains eating disorders. www.childline.ie/eating-disorders/. 

Eating disorders can be caused by a combination of factors, including social pressures, low self-esteem, and emotional struggles. It is never anyone’s fault if they are struggling, and it can be various factors that can contribute to developing an eating disorder 

Common signs and symptoms of eating disorders, such as dramatic weight loss or gain, obsessive thoughts about food, secretive behaviour around meals, and changes in mood or behaviour. 

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions, that can have severe consequences if not treated. You can find more information and support around eating disorders from the eating disorder association in Ireland www.bodywhys.ie  

Eating disorders are complicated problems but people can overcome them.  If you think you may have an eating disorder or if you’re currently struggling with one, know that you’re not alone. With help, you can start to change your relationship with food. It is important to get help and support. Do you have a trusted adult in your life like a parent, teacher? Somebody who can be there for you and guide you to professional help should you need it.

If you ever feel overwhelmed or just need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out for that help. Childline is a safe, non-judgmental space where you can talk in confidence. You can contact us 24/7 by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or through Messenger at www.childline.ie, just click on the purple Messenger tab.  

Please take care of yourself and reach out for support. Know that you never have to face anything on your own, 

Alex 

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