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Fighting Anorexia

Eating disorders are a growing concern in all societies all over the world. The Eating Disorders Association estimates that about 165,000 people in the UK have eating disorders. While most people think only young women are affected, that is far from the truth. Eating disorders can also affect both boys and girls, as well as men and women of any age.

One of the most common disorders is anorexia. There are many others like bulimia and compulsive over-eating. This blog focuses on anorexia.

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder, that is characterized by low weight, fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin. Those who have this eating disorder see themselves as overweight even though they are in fact underweight.

Most people who suffer from this disorder, will deny they have a problem with low weight. They tend to eat small amounts, eat certain foods and weigh themselves frequently. Some also exercise a lot, force themselves to vomit or even turn to laxatives to produce weight loss.

Often those people with anorexia have low confidence and poor self-esteem. They see their weight loss as a positive achievement and believe it will help increase their confidence. Anorexia can be associated with depression, low self-esteem, alcohol misuse and self-harm.

Data shows that approximately 90% of anorexia sufferers are women aged between 12 and 25. Remember healthy eating is important!

Eating disorders are mental illnesses and can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that are making you unhappy, angry, depressed, anxious or worried.

Are you anorexic?

  • Do you feel fat even though your friends and family are telling you you’re not?
  • Are you scared of putting on weight?
  • Do you hide or lie about how much you eat or hide this from people?
  • Do you diet or exercise a lot?

These are just a few of the signs and symptoms but if you have answered yes to the above, chances are you are likely to be anorexic it but you don’t realise it. Before it’s too late, do something about it.

Getting Help

If you think you may have anorexia, it is important you take it seriously. We know it is not an easy choice to make, to ask someone for help. It is not uncommon to feel like anorexia is part of you and your identity. However, it is not a healthy option

You might think that anorexia has a powerful hold over you and that you will not be able to overcome it. We can understand change is hard, but we also know that it is possible.

CHYPS Plus health care located in Hackney, is a health care service for young adults like you. Our aim is to work alongside you and to provide confidential advice and support for any concerns surrounding your health. 

You can trust our advice and support because we have your best interest at heart. We want to help you get through these hard times, and help bring people like you closer together to help fight these health concerns and help you live a healthier life.

So get in contact with us today, so that we can help you achieve the impossible.