Fes­tive feasts aren’t great for ev­ery­one

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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