Eating Disorders are typically very secretive illnesses, hence the importance of becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms so you are fully equipped with the knowledge to be able to assist yourself or a friend.

With a section entirely dedicated to the understanding of eating disorders, the Student Minds website provides advice on how to support a friend.

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  • Pre-occupied thoughts about food, weight and cooking

  • Avoiding social situations that involve food and eating alone or in secret

  • Mood swings, depression and irritability

  • Being nervous or indecisive around meal times, especially if the eating place is particularly public such as a university canteen or restaurant

  • Measuring Self Worth Based on Weight Loss

  • Compulsive Exercise

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Being very aware of other people's eating habits, weight and diets


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