Symptoms of eating disorders

If you have an eating disorder you might:

  • Restrict the amount of food you eat or strictly control what types of food you eat
  • Eat more than you need
  • Feel out of control when you eat
  • Eat in secret
  • Feel anxious about eating and situations which involve eating around other people
  • Eat when you’re not hungry in response to difficult emotions
  • Think about food a lot of the time
  • Compare your body to others
  • Weigh yourself a lot

Eating disorders can affect your life in many ways including:

  • Feeling very tired or finding it hard to concentrate
  • Feel depressed or anxious
  • Feel distant from friends or family who are trying to help you
  • Avoid social situations which involve eating in new places, new foods or being spontaneous
  • Your appearance might change
  • Other people may comment on how your appearance has changed
  • Develop long or short term physical health problems

You might not think your eating habits are a problem, they might just feel like part of everyday life. But if eating habits are affecting your life, it’s a problem, it doesn’t matter what you look like or how much you weigh.

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