Eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background. There are many types of eating disorder, ranging from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder to body dysmorphia and pica.
There are number of reasons why an eating disorder may develop, and you can't always tell if someone has one by simply looking at them.
Support and advice at NTU
I'm worried about a friend or I'm experiencing negative feelings and behaviour around food and eating. What can I do if I feel a friend may have an eating disorder, or if I feel I may have one?
The University offers confidential support and advice. Drop-in sessions are available across campus during term time.
- Thursdays, 4 pm to 7 pm, in Room 9 in the Newton building, NTU City Campus.
- Fridays, 9 pm to 4 pm, in the Meeting Room at Sunrise Medical Practice, NTU Clifton Campus.
- Fridays, 9am to 4 pm, in Room 86 at the Student Services Centre, NTU Clifton Campus.
Eating Disorder in Student Services (EDISS) offers the following support.
- Group sessions take place every two weeks during term time. They offer support to people with eating disorders, and can give advice on how cope at certain times of the year. They also arrange group activities such as bowling.
- Drop-in support clinics are held on a regular weekly basis during term time. Both students and staff may attend, but please note that drop-in clinics are used for advice and information only.
- Peer support gives you an opportunity to discuss thoughts, feelings and emotions related to your current circumstances. This takes place through bookable appointments that can be arranged by email or during sessions with the support worker.
- Six sessions of short-term counselling can be offered with our qualified counsellors.
- Online email befriending support is available to anyone who might benefit from one-to-one support over email. We also understand the difficulties a family member or friend goes through when a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, so befriending is open to carers too.