More common EDs

Initially, many people think eating disorders are about an unhealthy relationship with food and all things associated with food; such as weight, calorific intake, exercise and self-image, for example. 

However, underpinning all of this are painful emotional problems, in which sufferers use food to control, punish, reward or comfort themselves.   Food may be used as a coping mechanism to deal with life’s stresses if the sufferer feels unable to manage in any other way.  Unfortunately though, this perceived ‘solution’ to life’s worries becomes a problem in its own right.

Eating disorders can become a very serious illness and they affect all aspects of a sufferer’s life – physically, emotionally and mentally.  It is a very isolating and secretive way of life – putting relationships with friends and family under strain, and making the day to day increasingly difficult.  Not only does it affect the sufferer physically, but it also increases the likelihood of anxiety and depression. It is a psychological illness that has a huge impact on a person's physical and mental health, and a profound effect on those around them.

However, there is hope - with the right treatment, a full recovery is possible, and we aim to help you to access the appropriate help.  The first step is recognising that there is a problem, and to seek help and support as soon as possible.  It should be pointed out too, that even those who have a long-term eating disorder can, and do, recover.  

Some of the more common eating disorders are:

Details of some of the less common eating disorders can be found here.



“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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