Eating Disorders Self-Help

Ten ways to help yourself deal with an eating disorder

  1. Ten ways to help yourself deal with an eating disorder. Buy a self-help book, begin a diary, get in touch with feelings and thoughts around binges. Read more.Buy a self-help book. Research has proved that self-help books can be enormously effective.
  2. Begin to keep a diary - write down feelings. Make your diary personal to you - be your own confidante and friend in whom you confide your thoughts. Scribble, stick in photos, draw pictures - there are no rules about how you have to use the space.
  3. Begin to be in touch with the feelings and thoughts around the binge eating. Begin to understand your underlying emotional issues.
  4. Ask yourself what is it that you really want instead of food - is it a response to the worry of work? Do you really want a hug, a chat with a friend?
  5. Start nurturing and pampering yourself. Set aside time in the day for your own relaxation and leisure periods. Prioritise your needs.
  6. Dare to say yes to yourself instead of no. Learn to accept the way you are and begin to appreciate and love yourself.
  7. Do not overly criticize or judge yourself harshly. Over zealous self-criticism will drive the compulsion of the eating disorder.
  8. Draw a family tree to include all friends and all those living or dead. Write down your family history noting dramatic or eventful periods of change.
  9. See if there are emerging patterns of behaviour. Look at the way you relate to others. Do you have equal give-and-take in relationships? If not look at books on assertiveness or join an assertion group.
  10. Be gentle on yourself. Accept the way you are. Your eating disorder has enabled you to cope with difficult circumstances. See if you can come up with other coping strategies which are less harmful.


Getting Better Bite by Bite - A survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders Treasure & Schmidt - Psychology Press

Eating your Heart Out Buckroyd - Optima

Anorexia Nervosa - A Guide For Sufferers and Their Families Palmer - Penguin

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Gluck, S. (2008, December 20). Eating Disorders Self-Help, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

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