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Eating difficulties

Some of the common symptoms of eating difficulties

Have you been feeling?

  • low in energy
  • upset
  • tearful
  • flat
  • irritable
  • nauseous
  • stressed
  • guilt

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I must make myself sick because I have eaten too much and I don’t want to get fat’
  • ‘I have lost control over how much I am eating’
  • ‘I am too fat’
  • ‘I am ugly’
  • ‘I don’t look like others do’
  • ‘I must stay in control’
  • ‘I can’t eat in front of others’

Have you noticed? 

  • an increase or decrease in appetite
  • you are eating too much or too little
  • you are spending more time alone
  • you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • you lack in energy
  • poor concentration or poor memory
  • you are focusing excessively on your body weight and shape
  • you are exercising excessively
  • you are deliberately starving yourself
  • you are binge eating and/or purging

Possible causes of eating difficulties

  • longstanding unhappiness which may show itself through eating.
  • low lood – binges may start off as a way of coping with unhappiness.
  • low self-esteem
  • social/peer pressure
  • need for control if other areas in life are out of control
  • obsessive personality traits
  • trauma – such as sexual or emotional abuse or the death of someone special
  • difficult relationships with family members or friends
  • stressful situations, for example problems at work, home or school.

Source: Insight Healthcare