Food isn't just our fuel – it carries rich layers of social and cultural symbolism, as well as personal psychological meaning.
Taken together with the image and body-consciousness of western culture, it is not surprising that food can become a symptom, and sometimes a source, of emotional difficulties. Distress focused on food and eating is a relatively common issue for students, and affects both male and female students.
If you're finding that your relationship with food has become a source of distress or difficulty, then it's a good idea to seek help as soon as possible. If you think you may have an eating disorder then it is important to consult a GP. It is also advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.
Let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.
You can learn skills to help you tackle issues with body image and general confidence, and there's a lot of support available to start treatment for eating difficulties or disorder.
Useful resources for food issues
Wellbeing courses, workshops and events
Get involved in the free support available for you at uni, including support groups, drop-in events and the annual Feel Good Fest.
Wellbeing resources and other support
Expert advice recommended by our Student Wellbeing Service
Student Wellbeing Service
Learn more about the help we offer for personal and emotional worries.
Contact the Student Wellbeing Service
Access mental health support and guidance from our friendly team of wellbeing advisers, counsellors and advisers:
Or you can contact us via:
- +44 (0)23 9284 3466
- The Bateson Centre, The Mary Rose St, Portsmouth, PO1 2BL
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