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Here are the resources we found for eating disorders for young people:
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There is No Right or Wrong Way to Suffer from an Eating Disorder
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores the many different forms that eating disorders can take. There is no right or wrong way to suffer or recover from an eating disorder and eating disorders can affect all kinds of different people in all kinds of different ways.
I became Anorexic for Instagram
On Instagram, those that are skinny or in workout clothes get the most likes because that’s what is deemed as ‘beautiful’. We constantly compare ourselves to these ‘beautiful’ individuals and make it our goal to get to where they are. This video shares one girls story of becoming anorexic and how she managed to overcome it.
Do I Have An Eating Problem?
Having a problem with food is nothing to be scared off, watch this video for advice and tips about how to access help for problems with food. In this video Melanie Murphy talks about her own experiences with an unhealthy relationship with food and how she overcame it by talking to trusted adults in her life who taught her how to eat healthily and focus on the real causes behind her problems with food.
After Anorexia: Life is too Short to Weigh your Cornflakes – Catherine Pawley
Catherine Pawley shares an inspiring talk about how anorexia is a mental health condition that finds its place in creating rules because we need control and we are afraid to change. Anorexia becomes an identity and she worried that if she lost that identity, she would be lost. She talks about how she found a little wisp of hope during one of her counselling session and this gave her a starting point to rip her rule book up and start again as Catherine.
I have a Binge Eating Problem
Congratulations for recognising that you have a problem; that is the first step. Listening to this message will assist you to take the second step, by giving you important information, asking you questions that only you can answer, and giving you actions that give you power.
I think I have Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia is a life-threatening and complex disorder. Understanding what is going on and what to do about it is the first extremely important and positive step. There is a great deal of help and support available if you are suffering from anorexia, or if you’re not sure.
I think I have Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia is a very serious eating disorder. This episode from Zumos will show you the steps you can take to start the recovery process. There is a great deal of help and support available to you; you do not have to deal with this alone.
I think I know someone with a binge eating problem
If you are worried about someone you know having a binge eating problem, but feel helpless on knowing what to do or say, this message from Zumos will give you the facts and information on what you can do to show your support and how to help that person start addressing this very serious illness.
Beat: The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity
Beat is the UK’s largest eating disorder charity focusing on beating eating disorders. The website offers information about eating disorders, support services and ways to get involved within the charity work of beat. The website also has information for professionals who may be interested in gaining knowledge on eating disorders.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
Anorexia and Bulimia Care aims to work for the relief of those suffering from eating disorders, encourage and assist others to care for sufferers, to educate and train those caring for sufferers as well as carrying out preventative education, and to promote research into eating disorders.
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(Featured resource)This single page summary from Black Country Minds is an introduction to eating disorders, and includes a simple questionnaire (the SCOFF questionnaire) that can support in identifying if a young person might have an issue. It includes simple, helpful advice and links out to a few additional resources, including video clips, and to organisations who may be able to support.
Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront the issue. If you think your friend has an eating disorder, this webpage can contain help and advice on how to deal with these issues.
Bulimia is a serious mental illness that is characterised by someone eating a large quantity of food, then trying to compensate for that overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or exercising excessively. This webpage from Beat includes information on what bulimia is, what causes bulimia and what it is like to have bulimia.
If you are having a difficult relationship with food, it is important to remember STEM. Screen yourself for signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. Talk to someone your trust about how you’re feeling. Engage in making a positive change in your life. Make a difference and take care of yourself.
Anorexia: in conversation with Zoë at The Nightingale Centre
In the latest episode of the 4YP podcast, Richard speaks to Zoë, a Year 11 student who attends The Nightingale Centre. In the podcast, Zoë speaks with great honesty about her experiences as a sufferer with the eating disorder, anorexia.