Eating disorders and obesity

There are several different types of eating disorder, the most common being anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight.

If you have an eating disorder you may experience one or more of the following:

  • You have a preoccupation and concern about food and gaining weight.
  • You would like to lose weight even though friends or family worry that you are underweight.
  • You let people around you think you have eaten when you haven’t.
  • You’re secretive about your eating habits because you know they’re unhealthy.
  • Eating makes you feel anxious, upset or guilty.
  • You make yourself vomit or use laxatives in order to lose weight.

On this page you will find some useful information on eating disorders and obesity, including details of services available, related guidance pages and quick links to helpful websites.

Related advice and information

  1. Eating disorders explained
  2. Supporting someone with an eating disorder
  3. What should I do if my child has an eating disorder?
  4. Underweight children aged 6-12
  5. Overweight children aged 2-5
  6. What can I do if my child is overweight?
  7. What's your BMI?
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Related information

External Links
  1. Why your weight matters (NHS)
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