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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.

 

Types of eating disorders

Eating disorders include a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically (mentally) and socially (their ability to interact with others). The most common eating disorders are: 

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anorexia nervosa, when someone tries to keep their weight as low as possible, for example by starving themselves or exercising excessively

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bulimia, when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately being sick or using laxatives (medication to help empty their bowels)

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binge eating, when someone feels compelled to overeat

Eating disorders that do not fit with the above definitions may be described as:

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atypical eating disorders

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eating disorders not otherwise specified

Causes of eating disorders

Eating disorders are often blamed on the social pressure to be thin, as young people in particular feel they should look a certain way. However, the causes are usually more complex.

There may be some biological or predisposing (influencing) factors, combined with an experience that may provoke the disorder, plus other factors that encourage the condition to continue. 

Risk factors that can make someone more likely to have an eating disorder include:

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having a family history of eating disorders, depression or substance misuse

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being criticised for their eating habits, body shape or weight

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being overly concerned with being slim, particularly if combined with pressure to be slim from society or for a job (for example ballet dancers, models or athletes)

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certain characteristics, for example, having an obsessive personality, an anxiety disorder, low self-esteem or being a perfectionist

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particular experiences, such as sexual or emotional abuse or the death of someone special

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difficult relationships with family members or friends

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stressful situations, for example problems at work, school or university

How common are eating disorders?

Around 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point. The condition usually develops around the age of 16 or 17. Bulimia is around five times more common than anorexia nervosa and 90% of people with bulimia are female. It usually develops around the age of 18 or 19.  Binge eating usually affects males and females equally and usually appears later in life, between the ages of 30 and 40. Due to the difficulty of precisely defining binge eating, it is not clear how widespread the condition is.

Outlook

If it is not treated, an eating disorder can have a negative impact on someoneís job or schoolwork, and can disrupt relationships with family members and friends. The physical effects of an eating disorder can sometimes be fatal. Treatment for eating disorders is available, although recovering from an eating disorder can take a long time. It is important for the person affected to want to get better, and the support of family and friends is invaluable. Treatment usually involves monitoring a personís physical health while helping them to deal with the underlying psychological causes. This may involve:

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cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): therapy that focuses on changing how someone thinks about a situation, which in turn will affect how they act

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interpersonal psychotherapy: a talking therapy that focuses on relationship-based issues

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dietary counselling: a talking therapy to help people maintain a healthy diet

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psychodynamic therapy: counselling that focuses on how a personís personality and life experiences influence their current thoughts, feelings, relationships and behaviour 

 

If you would like to discuss any of the mental health issues raised on this page or find out how counselling might help please contact me.

Websites

Eating Disorders Association

BEAT is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. BEAT is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association, and we continue to build on the strong foundations of the past 20 years of work.

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/

 

National Centre for Eating Disorders

Help Beat Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge & Compulsive Overeating, Orthorexia & Obesity. Everything you need about eating disorders treatment, information and professional training in the help & treatment of eating disorders.

http://www.eating-disorders.org.uk/

 

Eating Disorders Support

An organisation providing help and support to anyone affected by an eating problem such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. It also provides help for those who are caring for, or supporting someone with an eating disorder.

http://www.eatingdisorderssupport.co.uk/

 

MIND

Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. How can we help you

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/eating_distress

 

Leaflets

In this section you will find a selection of leaflets you can download or print.

Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Leaflet from Counselling Directory

Self help leaflet from NHS Northumberland

Local Resources in Swindon

Swindon Samaritans

Swindon and District Samaritans has been offering emotional support to those in crisis for more than 40 years. You can call or email 24hrs a day.

http://www.samaritans.org/swindon/

 

Swindon MIND

Local branch of the national charity providing support, resources and drop-in sessions.

http://www.swindonmind.org/

 

Swindon Post Natal Depression Support Group

The group was set up to provide a place where parents and concerned family or friends can share stories, offer advice, swap tips and make new friends.   Events are arranged to raise money to fund counsellor led group sessions and the group is committed to help provide regular support groups locally. The group was founded and run by Lesley Hughes who continues to experience the wealth of emotions and feelings that PND brings.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swindon-Post-Natal-Depression-Support-Group/400484676629661

 

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association
SWEDA is based on the principles of self help, we believe in enabling and empowering people to live with as normal and satisfying a quality of life as possible. We are motivated by the importance of honesty, openness, and trust in relationships with all users of our services, and SWEDA's confidentiality policy aims to support these principles

http://www.swedauk.org/

 

 

 

This information was put together by Swindon Counsellor and Psychotherapist Andrew Cornick. If you would like to find out how counselling might help you please contact me at any time.

www.andrewcornick.co.uk

Tel:      01793 710252

Mobile: 07732 570346

Please email me

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