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Disordered Eating

What is Disordered Eating?

Disordered Eating can prevent successful weight loss. Disordered Eating can be a combination of the following factors:

  • Eating large amounts of food
  • Feeling out-of control
  • Eating quickly
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Hiding or hoarding food
  • Secret eating
  • Eating late at night
  • Eating unusual food e.g. raw or frozen food
  • Feelings of guilt & shame
  • Feelings of self disgust

People who feel they have disordered eating patterns should speak to a healthcare professional and/or visit the MIND website.

The Specialist Weight Management Service psychologists provide additional support for disordered eating.

Types of Disordered Eating

There are many different types of disordered eating patterns:

Binge Eating

  • Eating a large amount of food
  • Eating quickly
  • Do not feel in control
  • Feeling upset or guilty afterwards


Emotional Eating

  • Using food to help us cope with emotions
  • Can trigger binge eating.



  • Eating throughout the day


Compulsive Eating

  • Eating when not hungry.
  • Eating all of the time.


Impulsive Eating

  • Eating without thinking about it