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Eating Disorders

This page provides information about eating disorders, and where you can get advice and support.

Overview of Eating Disorders

  • An eating disorder is a mental illness where you use food to manage your feelings. You may become obsessed with food and your eating patterns and eat too much or too little or constantly worry about your weight or body shape.

  • Eating disorders occur mainly among young people over 12 years old. However anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of their age or gender.

Click the drop down boxes below which will navigate you to further information and where to get support.

I am an adult looking for support

How to find support:

Speak to your GP

Speak directly with eating disorders charity Beat to their support advisors. Use their secure messaging service.

For further places to go for support see our list of 'Eating Disorders organisations and support groups and services'

I am a parents/carer looking for support

How to find support:

If you are worried your child or young person may have an eating disorder, please go to our 'Eating Disorders in Children and Young People' advice page.

If you are a parent/carer based in Lowestoft or Waveney you can find support on the Just One Norfolk website.

FEAST provides useful information and online support for parents of those with eating disorders. Visit:

If you need urgent mental health support contact the NHS Mental Health Crisis Line. Call 111 and press option 2. This is a 24/7 helpline for anyone of any age. 

I am a young person looking for support

How to find support:

  • Visit your GP - Anything you talk about is confidential.

  • Contact the Emotional Wellbeing Hub (For young people living in East and West Suffolk) Or Just One Service (For young people in Lowestoft and Waveney). 

  • Get support from Beat eating disorders charity. Call 0808 801 0811 Studentline or 0808 801 0711 Youthline. Join their peer support groups

  • Text ChatHealth Service - To speak to a school nurse. 

  • Get online counselling and peer support from Kooth 

  • Go to The Source website for a range of health topics and advice for young people in Suffolk.


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