Many people have heard of these eating disorders:
- anorexia nervosa, where a person thinks their body is larger than it is and tries to keep their weight as low as possible through restricted diet, excessive exercise or both
- bulimia nervosa, where a person regularly binges on food then purges it from their body by vomiting, taking laxatives or exercising excessively
- binge eating disorder, where a person regularly eats a lot of food in a short time.
However, together these make up less than half the diagnosed eating disorders in the UK. The most common diagnosis is ‘other specified feeding or eating disorder’ (OSFED).
Many factors contribute to disordered eating
Eating disorders are complex and the causes are not fully understood. You are more likely to suffer from an eating disorder if you:
- are female (though a quarter of sufferers are male)
- are a teenager (though eating disorders can affect younger children and older adults)
- have a family member with an eating disorder
- have experienced bullying or abuse, particularly sexual abuse
- have been criticised for your weight or eating habits, or experience pressure to be a certain weight or shape for your job.
Disorder eating can be driven by internal forces
Powerful internal forces compel eating disorder behaviour.
People with eating disorders are often acutely aware of the impacts of their behaviour. They understand the health risks and the knock-on effects on their social and family lives, but they feel compelled to continue with their eating and purging habits nonetheless.
For those around a person with disordered eating, this can be incredibly hard to witness. Seeing a loved one harm themselves when you think they should be able to stop is frustrating, and people often react with anger or exasperation.
Can therapy help people with disordered eating?
We understand that it isn’t easy, but yes, therapy can help.
Our therapists know that eating issues are a response to emotional distress. Working through the history and feelings that underpin your eating habits with the support of one of our therapists will help you to regain control. Therapy is always confidential.
Or perhaps it’s someone you love who has the eating disorder. We are here to help you too.
Counselling for eating disorders is completely confidential. To arrange a confidential discussion with one of our therapists, please get in touch.
Counselling for eating disorders is confidential and conversations in therapy remain private between you and your therapist.
Our trainee therapists are on approved UK counselling and psychotherapy courses and are carefully selected for their maturity, expertise and compassion.
Your first appointment will allow space to discuss anything on your mind. We understand that starting therapy can be a difficult experience.
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