Eating Disorders

Eating disorder

Eating Disorders

There are several contributing factors which can lead to an eating disorder. There is no definitive checklist, but you could expect to see recurrent themes for those suffering with this. There are of several types of eating disorders. We are focusing on Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) “Although eating disorders can develop at any age, be aware that the risk is highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age.”

What is an Eating Disorder?

An Eating Disorder gives the person a means of dealing with difficult feelings and emotions which can be set off, amongst other things, upsetting and challenging personal experiences, high levels of pressure and expectations from those around the sufferer (and which they place upon themselves) and low levels of self-esteem and self-confidence.  By overly putting all of one’s focus into controlling their diet, what they eat and their weight it gives the sufferer a focus and clear objective that can distract them from the reality of their daily life (and from within their own personal turmoil) which otherwise may feel overwhelming, out of control and inescapable. This process also provides them with personal goals and milestones to reach (such as a certain low body weight) and gives the benefit of feeling a sense of achievement when they have achieved this. This lies in contrast to how they may feel in their ‘normal’ lives where you might find a strong fear of failure and negativity reaction and evaluation by others around them (and themselves).

Symptoms

Do you deliberately try to limit your food to influence your shape and weight?

Does thinking about food, eating and weight make it hard for you to concentrate?

Are you afraid of losing control of your eating?

Are you afraid of gaining weight?

Do you often have episodes of feeling out of control when you eat?

Have you ever made yourself sick or taken laxatives to try and lose weight?

Do you exercise in a ‘driven’ way to try and lose weight or change your shape?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may be suffering from an eating disorder and may benefit from our counselling services to help you with the way that you think and feel about eating, weight and yourself. At The British CBT and Counselling Service we offer a 5-step programme which will identify triggers and deliver a treatment plan. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or know someone that is, then get in contact with us today.

 

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