Emotions and Eating

The way we feel about ourselves can affect the way that we eat. Sometimes when we feel miserable we may over eat for comfort; sometimes we can lose our appetite due to stress or because we stop caring about ourselves. Sometimes when life feels out of control we try to control our eating as a way of coping. If you have concerns – or other people have concerns – about your relationship with food, try asking yourself these questions.

Anorexia – when you restrict your food intake or exercise obsessively to maintain an unhealthily low weight.

Bulimia – when you can maintain a normal weight, but have times of binge eating followed by making yourself sick or using laxatives.

If you or someone that you know has a problem with eating and you want to talk to someone about this or ask about getting the right help, contact your doctor, or Young People’s Services at Clarence Street who offer a free and confidential counselling service about any issue. See here for more information. Remember, both men and women can develop eating disorders.