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Eating problems

An eating problem is any relationship with food that you find difficult. But eating problems aren't just about food. They can be about trying cope with or hide painful feelings, even from yourself.

Explore our information to find out more - including possible causes and treatments, and ways to take care of yourself. 

Watch: Eating problems explained

Watch our series of animations explaining eating problems and disorders.

You'll find tips for getting help, recovery and self-care. And learn ways to support someone else with an eating problem. 

About eating problems

Learn what eating problems are, and how they might affect your daily life - including if you experience other mental health problems.

Types of eating disorders

Find out what an eating disorder is, and learn about some of the more common eating disorders. Includes information on bulimia, anorexia and binge eating.


The causes of eating problems are complex - there's usually not one single cause. Read about some common factors that might lead to an eating problem. 

Recovery and self-care

Learn about recovery from eating problems, and ideas for taking care of yourself - including dealing with negative comments, and finding support from people with similar experiences.

Treatment and support

Find out about different treatment and support options for eating disorders - including tips for speaking to your GP, and how to access different types of talking therapy. 

Helping someone else

Read our tips for supporting someone you know who experiences eating problems. This includes helping them access treatment, and other practical ways to help.

Sandeep's experience living with eating disorders

Sandeep was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). But she is much more than her diagnosis. Hear how her family, faith and supporting others helped Sandeep with her recovery. 

Warning: Sandeep mentions that she is a suicide survivor. 

This information was published in January 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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