Stainforth Kirton Lane Primary School

Eating Disorders


An eating disorder is a mental health condition in which the control of food is used to cope with feelings and other situations. There are a number of eating disorder that somebody could struggle with, and they can share common signs and symptoms:

  • Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about weight and body image
  • Avoiding socialising when food is involved
  • Taking laxatives or making themselves sick after eating
  • Having strict rules or habits with food
  • Over-exercising
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or worthlessness around food

There is support available, BEAT is a UK based eating disorder charity that has advice on coping with an eating disorder and several helplines on their site for those who may wish to speak with somebody about what they are struggling with. You can call their helpline 9am- Midnight daily at: 0808 801 0677. You can also email the BEAT team at:

Support and resources for eating disorders is also available from:

If you believe that you are suffering from an eating disorder speak to someone you trust, speak to your school nurses, or contact your GP. It might feel scary, but help is available.