Eating Disorders

 

An eating disorder changes your attitude towards food and your body in a way that influences your eating habits and behaviours. Some dietary changes can be detrimental to our overall health, especially if restrictive eating is adopted. It is normal to change dietary preferences throughout our lives, veganism is a common change people make.

People affected by an eating disorder often spend a lot of time thinking out their weight, body shape, and calories, resulting in avoiding food, excessive exercise, binging, and making themselves vomit.

While studying at university you may experience disordered eating habits that can impact your health. It is important to speak to your GP service if you think you are experiencing an eating disorder, as they will discuss treatment and support options with you. 

What support do we offer? 

Student Services can discuss the management of eating disorders and can advise and help students gain access to specialised support available in the UK. 

Alternative Internal Support

You can access self-help through various University channels such as:

  • ShelfHelp, which has an eBooks that can help you manage your eating disorder.
  • SilverCloud, which provides various modules to work through at your own pace to help understand and manage disordered eating with cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
  • TogetherAll - a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

External Support

If you would like to access some self-help materials here are a list of alternative support resources.