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Eating problems

Relationship with eating 

Our relationship with food and eating can be complicated, influenced by many factors including societal expectations around food and the influence of media expectations around appearance. We may notice that our eating is influenced by our emotions or mood and this can be a natural response as food can provide comfort and pleasure. However, if our relationship with food becomes particularly complicated, stressful or unmanageable, it may be helpful to seek support.  

Disordered eating, or an eating disorder can be linked to an underlying emotional or psychological issue. The underlying issues are not necessarily traumatic incidents but may be fairly commonly experienced problems that have built up over a period of time. 

Ways to support yourself 

Reach out for support - it may be helpful to contact your GP to find out about the local services available to you. If would like to speak to a counsellor, you can contact us to make an appointment. 

Specialist organisations 

Beat provides information and guidance about eating disorders. They have helplines, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help adults and young people beat their eating disorders.  


For more detailed information about eating problems, how they may impact you and options for support. 

Further resources 

There are a number of books addressing anxiety issues available in the library through our Bibliotherapy scheme including the following: 

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