Guide 4 Life Harrogate

Eating / Weight Problems

Eating / Weight Problems

Most people are unhappy with their bodies some of the time - thinking they are too fat, too thin, or just the wrong shape. It's especially hard during the teenage years as your bodies are changing a lot, often very quickly. It's good to want to be a healthy weight so our bodies can work well.

However, sometimes what you think about food can get muddled up with what you think and feel about yourself. If things are going wrong in your life sometimes it can go wrong in how you treat your body. Eating disorders are sometimes a way of not having to face up to painful problems in life and difficulties you can't solve. Eating (or not eating) can be used as a way of showing deeper feelings of unhappiness.

Eating problems and disorders are not just about food, they are about feelings. It can be really hard to cope with an eating problem or disorder on your own. Talking to someone might help you feel more able to cope. Try and talk to someone you like and trust.

You can get more information here:

Eating Disorders Association

Tel: (0845) 6347650 (Youthline - Monday to Friday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Saturdays from 1.00pm to 4.30pm, Closed on Sunday)
Text: 07786 201 820(Standard text rates apply)
Web: (Click on 'For Young People')

Youth Access

You can get details of advice and counselling services for young people in your area by contacting Youth Access on 0208 772 9900 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm).