General information

Classification of an eating disorder

Even if the terms often used, such as anorexia or obesity, suggest that this is an addictive disorder, this classification is not entirely correct and can rather be regarded as a form of mental disorder in its own right. However, there are parallels between the experience of an eating disorder by affected people and an addiction - especially in the characteristic of the inner pressure to perform this behavior again and again.

Consequences of an eating disorder

As with addictions, those affected often suffer not only from the sometimes massive physical consequences of an eating disorder, but also from the psychological and social consequences.


Help and advice

If you are unsure whether your relationship with food is problematic, contact a counseling center and get advice free of charge and anonymously if you wish.

 The counselors are bound to confidentiality.



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Addiction counseling is generally free of charge and can also be anonymous if you wish. The counselor will discuss your concerns with you and listen to your problems and worries. You will then decide together what further steps to take. Counseling sessions, whether in person, by email or via chat, always remain confidential.

You can register at the selected advice center under "Login". If you book an appointment or send an email inquiry, you can also register there. Of course, this login is also anonymous if you wish, as you only need to create a user name and password to register.

The addiction counseling centers can be reached by telephone during business hours.

If you need help outside these hours, please contact the nationwide Addiction & Drugs Hotline (phone: 01806 313031).

If you have difficulties, try reloading the page. If you still have problems, it is best to contact the advice center by e-mail or telephone so that an appointment can still take place.

In principle, counseling is open to everyone. Regardless of whether you are affected or a relative.