Are you worried that you or someone you care about may have an eating disorder?
It can be difficult to spot an eating disorder early on. This is because people will often hide, disguise or deny what they are doing, or they may not even realise that their eating is a problem. However, the sooner an eating disorder is spotted, the better! If an eating disorder is noticed early support can be offered quickly.
Thinking about food all the time
Worry around meal times
Guilt after eating
Worrying about losing control around food
Frequent changes in weight
Missed menstrual periods
Vomiting after eating
Signs of damage due to vomiting
Worries about body shape and weight
Frequent checking of your body shape or weight
Avoiding looking at your body
Comparing your body with others
Eating meals very slowly
Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals
If you or someone you care about has been showing some of the symptoms shown above, you may want to take a clinically backed self assessment.
Can you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the following questions?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to two or more of the questions above we strongly recommend that you speak with someone about how you are feeling as soon as possible. The sooner you ask for help the more chance you have of getting better quickly.
Seeking help early gives the best chance for a full recovery. Early help reduces the severity, duration and impact of an eating disorder. If you notice any warning signs or symptoms you should seek professional help at the earliest possible time. Don’t wait for the illness to progress.
You are not alone in your journey with an eating disorder. There are many people who have walked a similar road. They may have struggled with an eating disorder themselves, supported a family member or friend, or worked in field.
It is possible to fully recover from an eating disorder, so seek help early.
An eating disorder is the most lonely thing in the world. It doesn’t have to be. Ask for help!
You can have an eating disorder whatever your weight.
Eating Disorders thrive on secrecy. Talk to others, seek help.
Recovery is possible!
No uncomfortable feeling, troubling thought or unusual behaviour is too small or insignificant to share with someone else.
Therapy is like learning to drive a car... You learn in session and practice in between.
Eating disorders thrive in secrecy and shame. Don’t suffer in silence, get help early.
The earlier you get help for your eating disorder, the more likely you are to make a rapid and sustained recovery.
To recover you have got to be brave: it involves taking risks, and tolerating uncertainty and set-backs.
Eating disorders are not just a problem for teenage girls.
It’s never too early, or too late, to get help. Treatment may be difficult but you deserve to feel better.
If you are a friend of family member and concerned…don’t sit in silence. Find a way to gently talk about your concerns.
An eating disorder is never the solution to a person’s distress or difficulties. It is always the problem.
Opening up to a person you trust is the first step towards recovery.
Sometimes things seem to get worse before they get better. But they do get better.
Everyone is nervous before their first appointment, but most leave the session relived that they have taken that first step.