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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses which can affect anyone; both men and women, of all ages. Eating disorders involve unhealthy eating habits which can take over your life - you may find yourself eating too little or too much. In the horseracing industry there is an emphasis on maintaining a low weight, particularly for jockeys and work riders, which can bring added pressures around bodyweight and shape. Above all else however it is important to try to look after your health.

If you work in racing and you need help for an eating disorder, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you in a safe and secure environment and treatment is available; it is possible to recover.


Types of Eating Disorders

Below are the four most common types of eating disorders:

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Symptoms of Eating Disorders

There are numerous symptoms associated with eating disorders, those to look out for include:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Noticeable weight fluctuations
  • Excessive exercising despite fatigue or injury
  • Avoidance of eating with others
  • Eating very slowly or cutting food into small pieces
  • Frequently visiting the bathroom after meals which may indicate purging behaviours
  • Lying about how much you have eaten
  • Wearing layers to hide weight loss or to keep warm

Get Support Now

If you, or anyone you know, is affected by an eating disorder do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us in the following ways and all support is free and fully confidential:

You may also find the following information helpful:

 We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer compassionate advice and support. Our non-judgemental advisors are here listen to you and can assist with arranging help from a specialist.

Useful Links

NHS - About Eating Disorders

Beat - The UK's Eating Disorder Charity 

MIND – Eating Disorders

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