There are different types of eating disorders, the most common ones being anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders involve an unbalanced relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight.

Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex or cultural or racial background.

The people most affected tend to be young women, particularly between the ages of 15 and 25. Around 10% of people with eating disorders are men*.

Read Youthline's information sheet to understanding Eating Disorders

Read Youthline’s information sheet to understanding Eating Disorders

People with eating disorders often say it is the only way they feel they can stay in control of their life. But, as time goes on, it is the eating disorder that starts to control you. You may also have the urge to harm yourself, or misuse alcohol or drugs.

What should I do if I think I have an eating disorder?

If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to someone you trust. You may have a close friend or family member you can talk to. You might like to talk to a Youthline Counsellor or someone that offers you a confidential safe space.

Your GP can also give you advice and talk to you about getting a diagnosis and the possible treatment options. This will depend upon your individual circumstances and the type of eating disorder you have*.

At Youthline, I found it a really comfortable and open environment free from judgement

Helpful Links for Information

B-eat Youthline: 0345 634 7650

*acknowledgement to: berkshirehealthcare.nhs