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What can you do if you think you have an eating disorder?

If you think you might have an eating disorder, it is important that you speak to your doctor about it.

If you discover that you have an eating disorder but you are not sure if you are ready to change this , it is still an important first step to ask your doctor to monitor your health.  This is because eating disorders have an impact on physical health. Your doctor might monitor things like your weight and blood pressure and they may do some blood tests. If your eating disorder is severe then they may need to do other investigations.

Further information and Self Help

If you decide that you are ready to do something about your eating disorder then help is available in a variety of forms. A good first step is to find out as much information as possible. A number of useful eating disorders websites, books and self help guides are recommended on this website.


If your eating disorder is more severe or you are not managing to make significant changes to your eating disorder using the self help material then you may need to get some outside help. Treatment for eating disorders can involve contact with a psychologist, doctor or dietician. See your GP for further advice.

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