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Self-help groups

If you experience eating problems, you may feel extremely ashamed of this fact. You may feel no-one really understands what you’re going through. You may also be very used to hiding your behaviour, and this can leave you feeling very isolated. There are great benefits from talking to others with the same problem. Many areas have local self-help or support groups that can be found from an internet search. While there are also a number of internet communities that deal with eating problems, make sure you find ones that can be a supportive resource for you. Beat is a good starting point.

Talk to people you trust

While people around you may find eating problems difficult to understand, they will want to help you however they cannot. You may find it useful, when you feel able, to discuss with them things that they can do that help, and things that they should try to avoid doing.

Arts therapies

If you find it hard to express yourself in words, arts therapy can help you to express yourself through dance, movement, art or music. For example, drama therapy may help you to say things that are more difficult to say in a ‘normal setting’. Also, people with eating problems often have a difficult relationship with their bodies; dance and movement therapies may help you feel more connected to, and happier with your body.

Complementary and alternative therapies

Some people find other therapies, such as massage, reflexology and aromatherapy, may also be very beneficial.

Eating problems can be overcome. Many people find that, once they have looked for support and help, they begin to learn how to tackle their problems, cope with the causes and improve their relationship with food. While it may seem daunting at first, addressing the causes of eating problems and beginning to overcome them often leads to you feeling that you have got control back over your life.

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