Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided some FAQs about the course below. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please contact us here.
Q. I have not actually been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but issues around eating seem to have taken over my life. Can I still come?
Yes, please do! Any form of disordered eating, whether a full blown eating disorder or not, needs to be addressed before it gets out of control. tastelife will help you to understand the causes of your difficulties around food and help you to get to grips with them.
Q. I can’t stop myself binge eating and I am afraid that everyone else who comes on the course will be very thin. Will I be the only overweight person there?
No, most definitely not! At tastelife we welcome people with all eating disorders and you are very unlikely to feel out of place.
The founders of tastelife had children suffering from eating disorders themselves, so know how difficult and frightening it is to watch your child suffer from something which is so hard to understand. You will find it enlightening and comforting to meet other carers in the same situation. The course material for one of the sessions is written entirely with the carer in mind.
Q. I am nearly sixteen and really struggling with food and eating. My parents are suspicious something is up but I haven’t admitted that I am having problems. Would I be able to attend your course on my own?
Everyone under the age of 18 has to be accompanied by an adult. This could be someone other than your parents who knows you really well as long as they are over 18 and will commit to coming on the course with you every week. However, if you can manage to admit your problems, there is no doubt that the road to recovery is far easier when your parents begin to understand what you are going through and how to help you get better.
Q. I am a trained counsellor and would like to be better equipped to help people with eating disorders. Can I come on the tastelife course?
If you are currently counseling someone with an eating disorder, we can make an occasional exception but we would prefer you use one of our day courses for professionals as CPD or come on our residential training to lead the tastelife course in your area.
Q. I know eating disorders mainly affect women. I am a male who is struggling, will I feel conspicuous and an outsider if I come on the course?
We know it is more unusual for men to suffer from eating disorders, but it is sadly becoming more common particularly amongst sports enthusiasts. We have had male sufferers who have found it very helpful, since the material is equally appropriate for them. In addition, we often have fathers, partners or boyfriends who are concerned for someone with an eating disorder so you are unlikely to be the only man.