Effective help for eating disorders
An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over your life and make you mentally and physically unwell.
It can involve eating too much or too little, and becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect teenagers and young women. Constant monitoring of food and weight can become an obsession. Having to keep secrets contributes to the cycle of stress and anxiety.
Signs that you have an eating disorder include:
- Obsessive thinking about your body size/weight and food/eating.
- finding it difficult to concentrate and lacking energy
- Controlling food or eating has become the most important thing in your life
- Feeling depressed and anxious
- Feeling scared that other people will out, so trying to hide the issue
- avoid social occasions, restaurants or eating in public
There are two main types of eating disorder:
Characterized by trying to keep your weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or both. People with anorexia believe they are fat, despite being either a healthy weight or underweight. Often excessive exercise is involved to help weight loss.
Characterized by recurrent binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or using laxatives (purging), fasting, enemas, diuretics or over-exercising. This is usually done in secret. People with bulimia purge themselves because they feel guilty about binge eating, but the bingeing is a compulsive act that they feel they cannot control.
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The connection between eating disorders and self esteem and control
For many of my clients, their self esteem hinges on how attractive they look and how slim they feel. They feel that by being in control of their weight they are more in control of how others perceive them, value them and like/love them. However, these feelings of low self worth, feeling ugly, feeling 'not good enough' come from within; these feelings come from an inner unhappiness and dissatisfaction, but are being projected onto how they they look.
They often attribute how unhappy they feel to their weight, when really, the negative feelings are the result of low self esteem generally and lots of negative self talk. Although the symptoms of eating disorders centre around the control of food intake, the disorders are maintained by negative feelings and emotions. Unfortunately, most interventions aimed at helping people with eating disorders focus mainly on food intake....which doesn't address the real cause of the problem. The over or under controlling of food intake is just the manifestation of the bigger issue. To properly resolve eating disorders, it is essential to get to the heart of the issue and resolve the person's self esteem and control issues.
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