Eating Disorders Help

This section provides a wide range of eating disorders help, with advice and information on a wide range of issues for all those affected by eating disorders.

It includes advice on how to recognise if you might have an eating disorder and what to do if you think your child or friend may be affected. We explain how to get treatment and give a step-by-step guide on how eating disorders treatment is organised.

If you are looking for more information about eating disorders we also have a section that provides detailed explanation about the causes and symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

All of our factsheets have been written and reviewed by our team of specialists at Newbridge House.


Eating disorders can develop at any age, but most often affect people from the age of 14 to 25. Eating disorders commonly start at a time when you are becoming more independent, changing the way yo ... Read More
Laxatives are a form of medication taken to treat constipation. There are many different types of laxatives and most are available over the counter without prescription. Laxative misuse involves ta ... Read More
About a quarter of people with anorexia or associated eating disorders deliberately harm themselves. The most common way of self-harming is cutting with a sharp object. People may also burn themsel ... Read More
Eating disorders commonly develop from the age of 14. This is a time when young people are becoming more independent and parents often have less control over the food they eat. It can also be a tim ... Read More
In our image-obsessed culture, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about our body image. But you may have a friend who seems to have gone one step further, becoming obsessed about food and ... Read More
In order to properly diagnose an eating disorder, a full assessment needs to be made by your GP, a specialist nurse, psychiatrist or psychologist. This will include details about your symptoms and fee ... Read More
It has been commonly stated that one in ten men have anorexia, bulimia or other type of eating disorder. Recent figures from the NHS Information Centre suggested the real figure is actually much ... Read More
I think my child has an eating disorder – what should I do? The first step is to discuss your concerns with your daughter or son. They will be experiencing many difficult emotions and may deny ther ... Read More
We have produced several short films, or webcasts, to help explain our work, raise awareness of eating disorders and enable you to listen to our specialist staff.       &nbs ... Read More
Exercise is recognised as being important for physical and psychological well being. It is recommended that everyone takes part in exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week. Many people e ... Read More
Further information for teachers/youth workers The film has been developed with the ideal audience range of 10 to 16 in mind. This is a very wide age range; we believe the film is suitable for this a ... Read More
Anorexia (anorexia nervosa) has very serious physical effects and complications, as well as a devastating impact upon psychological well being. The effects of anorexia are both short and long term. ... Read More
There will always be a number of factors in the development of an eating disorder and each individual will be affected by a unique combination. There is never one simple, single cause, although som ... Read More
It is important to start by recognising there are always a number of different factors involved in the development of eating disorders. Eating disorders develop when a person is unable to deal with ... Read More