Category: Eating Disorders

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What is Eating Disorder Counselling?

The National Health Service (NHS) tells us that there is a huge range of eating disorders ranging from anorexia nervousa to bulimia nervousa. As a whole, eating disorders are believed to be directly responsible for more loss of life than any other mental health condition due to their dangerous physical symptoms. According to the National Institute for Health and Care

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body dysmorphic disorder

What is the Best Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?

BDD is an anxiety disorder that effect approximately 1 in 50 people. It effects both men and women of any age but is particularly common in teenagers and young adults. For more information about BDD watch this video: There are 2 types of treatment that have been proven to be effective for BDD, medication and talking therapy. I will explain

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide – Dr Gray Interview

In the previous article I interviewed Dr Gray about a book she co-authored entitled Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers. In this article I have interviewed Dr Gray about one of her earlier co-authored books entitled Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide. I’ve got another set of questions

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Beating Your Eating Disorder

Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers – Dr Gray Interview

Dr Emma Gray is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is also our Service Director. She has co-authored two books in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, both of which are about eating disorders. In this article I will be interviewing her on the most recent of the two books she has helped to write entitled “Beating Your Eating Disorder: A

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Are you beach body ready

Protein World

Another week and another unpredictable storm leaps out of social media and into the mainstream. Unfortunately this one again involves mental health issues and the sexist abuse of women. Juliette Burton (, actress, writer, comedian, body image campaigner, self-confessed sufferer of longstanding and serious mental health issues and all round brave person, took exception to the above advert and did

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The Dangers of Diets

Our bodies are designed to survive and when we diet it sees this as a threat to this survival and fights back with physiological tactics including increased hunger, preoccupation with food and a decrease in metabolism. This decrease in metabolism means that our body uses the food we give it more efficiently so the weight we lose by dieting will

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How to Stop Binge Eating

Binge eating is a reasonably common problem, at the milder end of the continuum it leads to weight gain, low mood and anxiety, at the more severe end it is a symptom of an eating disorder (e.g. Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Anorexia Nervosa binge-purge subtype). If you are binge eating between 2-3 times per month then the strategies

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How to Spot an Eating Disorder in a Friend or Relative

An Eating Disorder (e.g. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder) is a secretive disorder, for a number of reasons. Firstly because at the root of an eating disorder is the sufferers chronic and enduring sense of inadequacy or low self esteem; they do not feel that they deserve help, support or attention and feel like they are to

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Skinny Models are NOT to Blame for Eating Disorders

It is often suggested that exposure to overly thin models leads to eating disorders in adolescent girls. However, such a belief not only fundamentally misunderstands the nature of an eating disorder but minimises the seriousness of this often life threatening mental health problem. A desire to be thin and the resulting steps that an individual with an eating disorder undertakes

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4 Facts about Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders 1. Mortality rates Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and for females between the ages of 15 and 24 years it is associated with a death rate 12 times higher than for all other causes of death. The reason for such a high death rate stems from the fact that an eating disorder

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5 Top Tips for Dealing with Bulimia Nervosa

1. Develop a regular pattern of eating If you are bingeing developing a regular pattern of eating is an essential first step. One of the main triggers for bingeing is hunger or low blood sugar. Regulating your blood sugar and ensuring that you are never too hungry will significantly reduce the likelihood of a binge being triggered. Aim for 3

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health problem whereby the sufferer becomes extremely concerned with an aspect of their appearance, usually with a perceived physical flaw. Objectively the flaw is either minor or non existence but to the sufferer the flaw will feel hideous to the extent that in some cases individuals are unable to leave the house. Sufferers

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Comfort eating

Dear Dr Gray, I think I’m a comfort eater. Whenever I am feeling depressed or anxious I reached for the biscuits (or crisps!). It is usually worse during the evening and whilst watching tv I can sometimes eat a whole packet of biscuits without realising. I am putting on a far amount of weight as a result which is making

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Do I have an eating disorder

Dear Dr Gray, I have been trying to lose weight for years and in doing so have tried every possible diet you can imagine. I start well but after a few weeks (days sometimes) I end up bingeing on all the forbidden food and then in a desperate attempt to compensate I make myself sick and sometime take laxatives. Then

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Eating Disorders – It’s not about the food

Contrary to popular opinion an individual suffering from an eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified {EDNOS}) has not lost their appetite (in the case of those with anorexia nervosa) nor are they experiencing an increased in appetite/are being greedy (in the case of those who are binge eating; which occurs for

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