Remember that a change in a child or young person's pattern of eating is likely to be a passing phase.
However, in a minority of cases the pattern may persist and start to become harmful. It is important to help these children and young people as early as possible.
This is when someone regularly eats a large amount of food in one go (a binge), then feels regret or guilt about it. Often this happens in private due to feelings of embarrassment.
The NHS website outlines some warning signs that might indicate that someone has Binge Eating Disorder:
More information at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/binge-eating-disorder.
This is when someone regularly binges and then tries to compensate for the food they have eaten (through vomiting, using laxatives, excessive exercise) so they don't put any weight on.
The NHS website outlines some warning signs that might indicate that someone has Bulimia:
More information at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/bulimia.
More signs to be aware of, in an educational setting, are outlined by Beat at: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/recovery-information/worried-about-pupil.
If you are a parent or carer, please contact your GP.
If you are a professional:
CARED Scotland is for parents and carers of young people (aged up to 25) in Scotland who have recently received a diagnosis of an eating disorder, and are about to start or have just started treatment: https://www.caredscotland.co.uk/.