Information for Young People
Welcome to this section of our website which is for children and young people who are worried about eating disorders or want more information. Here, we will try to guide you through the information and films we have that may help you and if you can’t find what you need, you are welcome to contact us.
This film was made with young people who have been treated at Newbridge House. In the film, they explain how their eating disorders developed and talk about common problems such as difficulties fitting in at school, becoming surrounded by diets, body image issues and hurtful comments. The film is called Someone said I was fat.
This is an information sheet we have developed called: do I have an eating disorder? It helps you to recognise when changes in the way you eat or diet have turned into an eating disorder. The information also explains about different types of eating disorders.
There is no single test for eating disorders, but this factsheet goes into more detail about how eating disorders are diagnosed. If you think you might have an eating disorder, it is really important that you talk to your parents, carers and friends and with support, go to see a doctor or your school nurse.
If you are worried about your friend, this factsheet explains what the signs to look out for are and how you could go about talking to your friend and helping them. We recently worked with an excellent organisation called Fixers, making a film with a young woman who has recovered after having had anorexia for many years. In the film Rachel Matthews provides some very important advice.
All of our factsheets can be found in the eating disorders help section of the website. We also explain who we treat and you can see what Newbridge House is like. There are some messages from young people and parents who we have been treated at Newbridge House and want to help others by sharing their experiences.
Remember, if you are worried about an eating disorder, the most important thing is speaking to your parents, carers or a professional like a teacher, school nurse or doctor.