How Common Are Eating Issues


While you may feel that the problem you have with eating is unusual or shameful, you are not alone.


  • Eating disorder charity Beat has estimated that at least one million people in the UK are affected.


  • It can develop in boys, girls, men and women, regardless of background.


  • As many as 1 in 20 women will have some form of eating problem.


  • Bulimia tends to be more common than anorexia among older women; affecting one or two in every hundred, in the UK.


  • Compulsive eating seems to be a problem for both men and women, equally, at all ages.


  • It’s possible for people to experience both anorexia and bulimia in the course of their lives.


  • People who experience eating problems may also have other self-harming behaviour.


  • According to statistics, men are ten times less likely to develop anorexia than women, and rarely report bulimia. But, there is some feeling that the statistics don’t reflect the true picture, because men are less likely to seek help than women.

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The Have I Got A Problem website is a free online resource to help people better understand any issues or concerns they may have about mental health or addiction. The website includes resources specifically focused to; general Mental Health, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Insecurities, Self-harm Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, Coping, general Addiction, Alcohol, Smoking, Gambling, Drugs, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana (Cannabis) Ecstasy, PCP, Mephedrone, Ketamine & Crystal Meth.

The site was created to give the public information to help them understand mental health and addiction issues and to assist people in making better informed decisions about their life and personal choices. was created and is run by 'Advising Communities’, which is a UK registered charity (Charity No. 1061055)


"I gradually began to lose weight through heavily restricting my food, and exercising excessively. I lost weight – a lot, but I failed to feel like I had achieved anything"


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