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Here you’ll find answers to some common questions concerning eating problems.
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Why do eating problems arise?
There can be a number of reasons why problems with eating can occur which may include low self-esteem, perfectionism, feeling inadequate, lacking control in life, low mood, anxiety, trauma.
- Pressure from the world e.g. cultural/societal pressures to ‘look good’ and ‘fit in’ with norms, involvement in a sport/activity that emphasises body image.
- Difficulties in relationships with others (conflict/abuse/bullying), difficulties expressing and managing emotions.
Often it is a combination of these that can lead a person to try and find a way to feel better in difficult times. We don’t know all the answers to what can trigger and keep an eating disorder going but we are finding out more that can help.
Are there different types of eating problems?
Can eating problems be treated?
Here are some strategies for dealing with eating problems.
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Who can I talk to?
- Someone you trust at school
- Youth worker
- Health professional (GP; Counsellor Nurse)
- Charities and Helplines
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Getting more help
If you haven’t already found the help you’re looking for, you can find additional information and services which are more interactive here.