Festive feasts aren’t great for everyone
CHRISTMAS can trigger problems for people who are suffering from eating disorders, health professionals have warned.
The emphasis on food, drink and socialising over the festive period can put extra pressure on people with conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, according to the NHS and eating disorder charity Beat.
Caroline Price, director of services at Beat, said Christmas can be ‘extremely difficult’ for sufferers.
She added: “The pressure to eat large amounts can be triggering for people with binge-eating disorder and bulimia, as well as causing anxiety for people with anorexia.”
New advice released by Beat and the NHS offers practical steps including serving food at buffets instead of sit-down meals, taking part in activities such as games or films after dinner, and making guests aware to avoid questions about weight or appetite.