What is an eating problem?
An eating problem is any relationship with food that you find difficult.
Food plays an important part in our lives and most of us will spend time thinking about what we eat. Sometimes we may try to eat more healthily, have cravings, eat more than usual or lose our appetite. Changing your eating habits every now and again is normal.
But if food and eating feels like it’s taking over your life then it may become a problem.
Lots of people think that if you have an eating problem you will be over- or underweight, and that being a certain weight is always associated with a specific eating problem. This is a myth. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or weight, can be affected by eating problems.
If you have an eating problem you might:
- restrict the amount of food you eat
- eat more than you need or feel out of control when you eat
- eat a lot in secret
- feel very anxious about eating or