I think I might have a problem with food

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Lots of young people struggle with food and eating. But if it starts to become a problem and take over your life, it’s time to get help.

Many young people struggle with food and eating in lots of ways, for example, you might not like certain foods. You might worry about what you look like and think you’re too fat or too skinny even though other people think you look fine. This can be a normal part of life and growing up as your body is changing.

But if thinking about food and eating is starting to take over your life then it is a good idea to get some support to put some balance back. Sometimes issues with food can take over and some people develop eating problems, often called ‘eating disorders’.

"We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are."

- The Talmud

What are eating disorders and what do they feel like?

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

  • Anorexia is when someone finds they can’t eat enough food because they feel too fat (though often they’re actually too thin).
  • Bulimia is when someone eats lots of food, and then gets rid of it (usually by being sick or taking laxatives).
  • Binge eating is when someone feels the need to eat lots of food in one go.

Eating disorders can make people feel upset, guilty, worried and unhappy.

How can I fix a problem with food and eating?

Asking for help is a really brave and positive thing to do. There is lots of advice and information about eating disorders you can read, or you can talk to someone and get support.

If you are worrying a friend has an eating disorder please tell someone so that they can get the help they need. The sooner someone with an eating disorder gets help; the quicker they can recover.