What can Bodywhys do for you?
Bodywhys is the national voluntary association for people affected by eating disorders. The organisation provides support, information, understanding and a listening ear. People can talk to Bodywhys without fear of judgement, regardless of their age or gender and at any stage of their eating disorder.

The Bodywhys website contains detailed information about eating disorders, including free resources for parents and a self-help booklet for binge eating disorder.

Who can contact Bodywhys?
Anyone who is concerned that their relationship with food may be self-destructive can talk to Bodywhys. A range of people contact the organisation. This includes people with eating disorders, parents, siblings, partners, friends, work colleagues and housemates.

What happens when you contact Bodywhys?
If you contact the Bodywhys helpline 1890 200 444 or email support service alex@bodywhys.ie, a trained Bodywhys volunteer will listen to your concerns and talk you through the distress you’re experiencing. You may also find mutual support in a group setting, both face to face, and online. You will have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics in a safe and supportive environment. All of our support services are pro-recovery.

Bodywhys can play an important role at any stage for people affected by eating disorders.
Contact with others who understand can help people to feel less isolated and more confident about recovery. For those who are not yet ready to engage with recovery, supportive contact can help them to accept themselves fully as they are now. This acceptance is the only place to start if recovery is to begin. Recovering from an eating disorder is a difficult process, and each day presents its own challenges. Bodywhys services provide confidential and non-judgemental support that can help carry a person through difficult times, whether they may be in the process of recovery or in need of that encouraging word and listening ear that gives them the courage to seek out help for themselves

Eating disorders can have a profound impact on a person’s life quality of life as well as their physical and mental health. It is possible to recover from an eating disorder and live a life without intrusive thoughts around food and weight.

For further information, www.bodywhys.ie