Eating disorders become noticeable through an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food, with damaging results to their health.
Eating disorders include a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and in social situations. The most common eating disorders are:
- Anorexia nervosa, when someone tries to keep their weight as low as possible, for example by starving themselves or exercising excessively.
- Bulimia, when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately being sick or using laxatives (medication to help empty their bowels).
- Binge eating, when someone feels compelled to overeat.
We provide a range of support for people suffering eating disorder:
West Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service, Chalkhill, Haywards Heath
East Sussex CAMHS Community Teams
Specialist Adult Eating Disorder Service (provided through Adult Mental Health Services)