I may have an eating disorder

You may have an eating disorder if you have an unhealthy relationship with food. Such a relationship may lead you to eat too much or too little or you may find that you’re becoming obsessed with your body shape, size or weight. If your eating disorder becomes severe it can take over your life and make you ill.

Anyone, male or female, can experience an eating disorder but young women aged between 13-17 are more commonly affected. The most common forms of eating disorders are anorexia nervosabulimiabinge eating disorder (BED) or other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED)

If you are concerned that you may have an eating disorder or you are concerned about someone else, then this NHS webpage will help guide you as to what action to take

Other resources include:

Anorexia & Bulimia Care

ABC is a national UK eating disorders organisation with over 30 years of experience. They provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders and eating distress.


Identifies itself as the UK’s eating disorder charity. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, their mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that ruin and, too often, take lives.

SEED – Eating Disorder Support Services

Emmerdale and Holby City Actress, Gemma Oaten, oversees the running of this charity, initially set up 20 years ago by her mum Marg Oaten MBE and Dad, Dennis. Gemma herself almost died from her experience of an eating disorder.

For more information about the work SEED is doing and how they can help you, please click here.

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