Difficult relationships with food may be more common than you think. Around 1,6000,000 people in the UK are said to suffer from some form of eating disorder, with those aged between 14 – 25 years of age most likely to be affected.

Eating disorders have the highest morality rates among psychiatric disorders, making effective support and understanding all the more important. However, eating disorders are treatable and full recovery is possible, with research suggesting that the earlier treatment is sought, the better the chance of recovery. This is also linked to long-term health consequences, which are more likely the longer treatment isn’t sought.

Amongst the most common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorders (ARFID).

Below you can find out more about eating disorders and their impact through links to useful websites which can also offer further support.