Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is characterised by the use of food, usually in excess or in deficit, in a manner which negatively affects both one's physical and mental health.

Eating disorders affect every part of the person's life. According to one source, feelings about work, school, relationships, day-to-day activities and one's experience of emotional well being are determined by what has or has not been eaten or by a number on a scale.

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating are the most common eating disorders generally recognized by medical classification.

In all, they affect an estimated 5% of females, and a lesser amount of males in the UK during their lifetimes. There are several other eating disorders which are prevalent amongst certain demographics that are being investigated and defined - so called Rumination syndrome, Compulsive Overeating, and Selective Eating Disorder.

All these disorders are charactised by an obsession with food as a way of control.

Common Treatments

The scale of the problem means that only behavioural therapy seems to be available within the NHS. Sadly, this mode of therapy does not significantly affect the real cause of these disorders which as centred in inadequate self worth, fear of failure and disapproval of others. Maturation issues are often present. These are core issues and must be addressed for non-relapsing recovery to be possible. The fallout rate of therapy (failing to complete the course) with these problems is high. Sadly, commitment to therapy is not a feature present in those whose need is greatest, but with good motivation, these issues are successfully treatable. For more information please call 07595 880250 .

Please note that hypnotherapy is not a prefered first line therapy for eating disorders in general, but can be useful as an adjunct or component to assist bringing about change of self-worth and helping to deal with feelings associated with others. If you are seeking help with a problem in this range of issues, please do not waste your time looking for a quick fix; there aren't any quick fixes.