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Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service
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'I look normal and I’m not sure if I have an eating disorder’.
Some people think that because someone looks ‘normal’ then they can’t have an eating disorder.
We can look ‘normal’ but still have all these thoughts, feelings, worries, concerns etc. going on underneath.
As far as we are concerned, if someone says that they have difficulties with food and eating and that it affects their life in some way, then they may have an eating disorder and need help and support. See more information below.
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They creep upon anyone – male or female – of any age or background. Eating disorders don’t care whose life they destroy.
- Talking EDs -
Eating disorders come in many different forms and most people who have problems with food and eating do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria set out in lists and manuals.
Most people with an eating disorder or disordered eating do not fit into a specific category. We are all different. The myths and stereotypes often portrayed by the media and medical profession are inaccurate and must be challenged
It is important to reassure you that Talking EDs provides help, support and information to anyone who feels that they have problems with food and eating and that affects their life negatively in some way.
Please do not worry about accessing services because you have been told you look ‘normal’ or that your problems, thoughts, feelings, or behaviours are not 'serious', 'distressing' or 'frequent' enough. People can look ‘normal’ and be of a ‘normal’ weight but are, underneath, very ill and debilitated by their eating disordered thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
You deserve help and support from those who really understand and 'get it'.
If you wish to think a little more about whether you might be experiencing an eating disorder or disordered eating, here's some questions to ask yourself (see bottom of page).
Some questions will apply to you and others will not. We are all different: our experiences and problems with food and eating will be individual to each of us and differ from person-to-person.
For more information about some of the different types of eating disorders known, please see the box to the left.
Try not to let the 'labels' or 'names' put you off: most people with food and eating problems experience a combination of these, often at the same time or over a period of time. No matter what problems and difficulties you are experiencing, you deserve help, support and someone to talk to.
Please tick the box beside all statements that apply to you. There are no right or wrong answers - just your own personal experiences that are unique and important to you.
If you have found that you answer 'yes' to some of these questions, you may find that you wish to access some help and support from professionals who understand and can offer an empathic, understanding and supportive space and listening ear. Browse the website for more information about the help and support we offer and please feel free to then get in touch via the Contact Page on this website.
TYPES OF EATING DISORDER
Below is a list of types of eating and food problems we currently know about. There may be more types that have not been researched or identified. Many people often experience a combination of these and find that the 'type' of eating and food problem they experience can change over time or vary at different points in their life.
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