Your feelings about eating problems

You may feel self-conscious about eating at home or out with family or friends. You may worry that changes in your eating will affect your relationships with your partner, family or friends. Or you may be anxious about what people think of your eating problems.

Many people find that it helps to talk to someone close to them. If you find it difficult to talk about your feelings with your family, you could speak to your doctor, specialist nurse or GP. There are ways they can support you.

We have an online tool that you can use to search for support groups in your area. We also have more information on coping with your emotions.

Getting help with meals

You may not always feel well enough to cook food for yourself or others. This may be frustrating. If you are the person who usually prepares the meals for your family, it may feel strange to let someone else take charge. Try not to feel guilty about letting someone else do the things you usually do. When you feel better, you can get back into your normal routine.

If you live on your own and need help with cooking or shopping, contact your GP, district nurse or social worker. They may be able to arrange for a home helper, meals on wheels or a local organisation to help you with cooking or shopping.

My husband was amazing throughout. He became my carer. I went off food totally – all my favourites like spaghetti and stir fries I just couldn’t eat, so he changed the menu for me and made new things.