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Eating Distress

Food is part of all our lives. It is normal to think about food some of the time, and natural to change the way you eat from time to time.

For example, you might have times when you:

  • Eat more than usual
  • Have cravings
  • Lose your appetite
  • Try to eat healthier

However, if you feel like your relationship to food and eating is taking over your life, it may become a problem. 

  • Eating distress an affect anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or background. Although changes in weight and shape can be a symptom, this is not always the case. 
  • Eating distress can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that make you unhappy, angry, depressed, stressed or anxious, and can be way of hiding these feelings, even from yourself. 
  • Eating distress is not the fault of the person suffering. No one chooses to have an eating problem.

Eating distress or eating disorder 

Eating distress or eating disorder

An eating disorder is a medical diagnosis based on your eating patterns, the effects these have on your body, and the psychological factors connected with this.

What if I don't have a diagnosis?

We deliberately use the term ‘eating distress’ because you can access our support if you feel you are affected by your relationship with food.


Types of eating disorder 

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is a serious mental illness where people limit the amount of food they eat and do not get enough energy to stay healthy. 

Bulimia Nervosa

If you get a bulimia diagnosis (known as bulimia nervosa), you may experience a cycle of what's called bingeing and purging.

Binge Eating Disorder

If you get a diagnosis for binge eating disorder, you might feel unable to stop eating, even if you want to.

ARFID

If you get a diagnosis of ARFID, you'll strongly feel the need to avoid certain foods (or all foods). 

OSFED

If you get an OSFED diagnosis, you have an eating disorder. However, you don't meet all the criteria for anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.


What causes Eating Distress? 

There is no single cause of eating problems. Most health professionals think they're caused by a combination of factors, which will be unique to each sufferer. 

Common risk factors include personality traits, biological factors, difficult life experiences, physical or mental health problems and social or family pressures. The MIND website talks about possible causes in more detail. 

Often people with eating distress can identify triggers which, whilst not causing the problem, can make it more difficult to manage, for examples deadlines at work or social occasions. Knowing your triggers can help you to plan for situations where your condition is likely to become harder to manage.

Recovery and self-help

Recovery from eating problems is possible, but can take time. Recovery means different things to different people. 

Treatment and Support

Getting treatment can help you develop healthy, balanced eating patterns. It can also help you face and cope with the underlying issues of your eating problem. 

What you say

Maudsley Course Testimonials

your unerring positivity, your calmness.. your skill, your knowledge and true EMPATHY(!) lifted the darkness and I am sure made everyone feel SO much better. I feel more positive today than I have for ages.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

I would thoroughly recommend this course to other carers wherever they are on their journey of supporting a loved one with and ED. Thank you EDNE.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

The course exceeded my expectations ! ..Excellent practical examples.. Feels empowering to have these tools…

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I’ve really appreciated the help I’ve been given at EDNE, I didn’t feel like I was just there as a client who just needed to get to the end of their sessions. I actually felt heard and understood.

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I was given permission to feel. Instead of being a person with an eating disorder, I was a person who could feel feelings’

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‘It was not just putting a plaster over something, it was about healing it. I can’t describe how it feels to have switched my mindset, after 50 years it is mind-blowing’

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..entire process has been incredibly supportive and empathetic, giving me the support I needed to move forwards.

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‘I couldn’t have managed without coming here. I genuinely think this place has kept me alive. I have a sense of hope now.’

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EDNE was friendly welcoming and flexible

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EDNE started me thinking about what resilience is and how I could manage day to day and have strategies’

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‘..has given me life-changing help. They’ve helped me overcome the barriers. It’s been about unravelling decades.

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The counselling has been a big turning point and the support from EDNE has been amazing.

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Eating distress ..is such a secretive thing. This has been the first time I didn’t feel alone with it.

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It has literally changed the quality of my life.

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The EDNE counsellor’s the only person who has helped me.. the big high walls have come down

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Once I got through the door it was easy. They didn’t judge. EDNE helped me to get to be this new person. The old one never looked up and never spoke.

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I used to block out feeling with food, it’s not like that now’

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The counselling sessions were absolutely amazing and life-changing.

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You think you’re the only person in the world. Now I’ve found out I’m not the only one.

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I have had time to think. ..started being able to calm myself down and going to bed earlier to relax. I’m managing money and time better and I’m looking after myself. I’ve never done that before.’

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As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Local Giving as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food

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