Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are not primarily about food, but can be seen as a way of coping with emotional distress or other underlying issues. For the person with an eating disorder, controlling food and the body is their way of relieving distress and achieving some degree of control over their life. Eating Disorders can effect anybody, male or female. With appropriate help and support, people can, and do, recover from eating disorders.


Eating disorders can be complex. There are variations in the typical signs and not all symptoms will apply to all people.


Body and mind are starved
Refusal to eat enough
Excessive thinking and talking about food
Feeling worthless
Being underweight

Binge eating
Weight going up & down
Trying to be ‘perfect’
Fear of being overweight


Even if you don't have these symptoms, if you are worried and u upset by something, it is
important you find someone to talk to. Don't bottle it all up. Eating Disorders do not include food allergies or illnesses of the digestive system. However, if you are concerned about changes in your eating behavior or of those of a friend, contact your GP to check it out.


Remember there is help available! With appropriate help and support, people can and do recover from eating disorders.


Useful Contacts


Talk to a GP

Click here to see all local GP contacts


Body Whys

The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland

1890 200 444


Overeaters Anonymous

+353 (0)21 486 7907

+353 (0)86 352 6467


Mental Health Information


Youth Work Ireland

Online Support for 13 - 18yrs available Sundays 7.30pm - 9.00pm


Body Positive Website