What might help?
If you are worried you have a problem with eating there are things you can do to help yourself.
- Stick to regular meal times: make sure you have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start with smaller portions until you get used to eating frequently.
- Try to be honest about what you are or are not eating to yourself and other people.
- If you lose more weight you are likely to feel more anxious and depressed. Try to be kind to your body; look after it and don’t punish it.
- Do not weigh yourself more than once a week.
- Get your weight and height checked with a health professional, for example a school nurse, practice nurse or GP. They will be able to work out whether you are in your ‘healthy weight range’. You can ask your GP or school nurse about this.
- Try not to spend time checking your body and looking at yourself in the mirror. Nobody is perfect.
- Stay close to your family and friends. They can help you, and help you to avoid unhelpful websites that encourage you to lose weight and stay very thin.
Are you worried someone you know may have an eating disorder?
It’s hard to know what to look out for. Have a look at the list of common signs of an eating disorder from BEAT.
If you’re worried that someone you care about is showing signs of an eating disorder act quickly and speak to someone you trust. Don’t delay. Getting help quickly is really important.
Further help and information
If you think you need speak to speak to someone about worries with food or eating or need to find support that suits you, the first step is to talk to someone you trust… and try to do it soon. This is probably easier said than done! Find out more about starting difficult conversations here. The services below could support you also.
Leeds CYP Eating disorder service
If you think you need specialist help with food and eating you may need to get an appointment with a specialist team.
How to get an appointment with the specialist team
Leeds Children and Young Peoples Eating Disorder Service works with children and young people under 18 who may have a range of eating problems.
Referral is through Leeds MindMate Single Point of Access (SPA). You will need to get a health professional (e.g. GP) to refer you to the SPA. Once the team has your referral details they will make a decision about whether your referral needs to be seen urgently (within 5 working days) or routinely (within 4 weeks). You will be seen quickly, though.
You will be contacted by telephone and/or letter to be offered a date for an appointment.