It is very important for you to eat healthily. Eating bad or not enough food can affect your health, mood and concentration. Sometimes eating badly can develop into what is called an eating disorder. These can begin when you:
Eating disorders are usually caused by a number of factors. Some people use food to cope with painful situations such as:
Although it does tend to be young women that are affected by eating disorders, young men can also be affected.
If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to someone you trust, like a friend, teacher or parent. It is also important that you speak to your GP who can advise you on a healthy diet, and maybe refer you to a specialist.
You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from beat (http://www.b-eat.co.uk/) by calling their helpline on 0845 634 1414. They also have a designated youth helpline on 0845 634 7650.
You can find information on eating healthily on the NHS website.