Eating disorders

If you think you may have an eating disorder, please speak to one of our GPs and consider referral to First Step the Bristol Primary Care based ED service

Student Life: Disorganised Eating and Eating Disorders

Student life can be hectic and many students find that their eating becomes disorganised during their time at university: whether it’s eating at 3am after a night out, or finding there’s nothing in the fridge except half a sad-looking cucumber.

But for some people eating becomes more of a problem. Perhaps a diet’s got out of control, or eating has become a way of coping with stress. For others, feeling unattractive, or like life is out of control can lead to disordered eating.

If you have concerns about eating or your body shape/weight then answering the following questions might help you to decide whether your eating is disorganised, or whether it might actually be disordered:

If you answer “yes” to 2 or more of these questions then you might have difficulties that constitute an Eating Disorder. If that’s you, the next question is: what do you want to do about it? If you have an eating disorder you are not alone. Many Bristol students - male and female - seek help, support and advice because they have a problem with food. Unfortunately, many more suffer in silence.

If you are having problems with food, or worries about your body shape/weight feel as if they are taking over, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. There lots of sources of help and support. Whether you want to find out more, get some treatment, talk to other students who understand: you have options