An eating disorder is a mental health disorder that manifests as an unhealthy relationship with food, often having a large impact on daily life and thought processes. Symptoms may involve eating too much or too little, body image issues, or becoming obsessed with controlling your weight. Eating disorders are also associated with some physical health complications, including the effects of rapid weight loss.
Although issues with food and weight and shape are the obvious manifestations of an eating disorder, ultimately these are just symptoms. These are complex disorders, where underlying psychological problems are displaced onto food, and the eating disorder becomes a coping strategy. We understand that it is not possible to recover from an eating disorder unless we help you to develop other, healthier coping strategies. So, as well as helping you to change your relationship with food, we work with you holistically, addressing mind and body and giving you the tools to recover.
The main types of eating disorder are:
Patients need to be referred to the service by a healthcare professional. For patients not currently working with a health professional, we would recommend you visit your GP who is the person best positioned to help you get support.