Constantly thinking about food

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Sometimes worry, stress or a negative body image can result in unhealthy behaviour towards exercise or food.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with eating problems, but these are some of the most common. The following things can be a sign of a serious eating problem that could put your health at risk.

  • Over (or under) eating
  • Making yourself sick after a meal
  • Using laxatives or steroids that haven’t been prescribed
  • Only eating specific foods
  • Obsessing over food or exercise, and how this might change your body

Top tips

BEAT has lots of information on their website to help you understand eating disorders.

You can learn about symptoms, different types of disordered eating and how diagnosis works.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.