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Find out what Wellbeing at the Bar aims to achieve.

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Guidance on how to introduce wellbeing policies and initiatives and on tackling a wellbeing issue in chambers.

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Examples of successful wellbeing initiatives adopted by chambers, Specialist Bar Associations and the Inns of Court.

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Eating disorders

It is a common misconception that eating problems (or disorders) are the preserve of the young female. In fact, eating problems can happen regardless of gender, social, economic or ethnic background.

For example, food may be used as a control mechanism in a life that has become hectic, unhappy or out of control in some way. However, the causes of eating problems vary widely. Although very serious and classed as a mental health issue, eating disorders can be successfully treated. There are three main types of eating problem; Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and Binge eating.

For confidential help, call

On calling, you will be asked to identify whether you are a self-employed Barrister, or a member of the IBC* or LPMA*

0800 169 2040

*See member area of IBC/LPMA websites for member access code.

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia occurs when a person does not allow themselves access to food which provides the required energy and nutrition for a healthy life. This condition is not always connected to dieting behaviour and may be rooted in deep seated feelings of self-hatred or low self-esteem.

Bulimia nervosa

This condition is characterised by behaviour which includes binge eating (eating large amounts of food at one sitting) frequently followed by purging (getting rid of the food just eaten). Weight loss or gain is not noticeable and therefore the condition can go on for many months or years without loved ones or work colleagues being aware.

Binge eating

Binge eating is eating large amounts of food at one sitting.

What can I do about my eating problem?

Firstly, seek out and talk to people you can trust. An eating problem may be something you have lived with and ‘managed’ for years without anyone being aware of it, even your close friends or work colleagues. They may be shocked, surprised and worried for you so be aware and prepared for this.


There are many routes of support and recovery, don’t feel that you must approach this alone. You may like to approach some of the public peer to peer support forums available to discuss your issues and meet others who have experienced the same challenges. Peer support groups can be online or face to face.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more about tackling and beating eating disorders by contacting:

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The information and resource packs on this website are designed to help you and your colleagues to work as a community for better wellbeing and professional resilience. If you want to provide feedback on these resources, or to get involved in promoting wellbeing please get in touch.

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It can be difficult to make a living from law and it can be pressurised and demanding. Competition and an adversarial approach to everything can make collegiate relationships difficult. This website aims to provide you with the knowledge to manage these stressors, make emotionally informed, wise professional decisions and thrive in your chosen profession.

A simple expression that sums up wellbeing is ‘travelling well’

2 in 3 barristers feel that showing signs of stress equals weakness