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Eating disorders are a mental illness!

Eating disorders are so much more than a preoccupation with controlling body weight, shape or size. They are a serious mental health condition. And while attitudes towards them are slowly changing, there is still a lot more can be done by us all.

Today marks the start of Eating Disorder Awareness Week (27 Feb to 5 March) so we hope that this article will help to encourage early diagnosis and perhaps start to remove the stigma that comes with this debilitating condition.

anorexiaCurrently more than 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by eating disorders and this number is on the increase. It is predominantly girls and women that present with symptoms of Eating Disorders however we are seeing more males presenting as Eating disorders are gaining greater recognition and understanding.

Eating disorders are complex – with a wide range of different factors, including genetics and the environment affecting risk – as well as social and cultural pressures and need to be addressed as early as possible to increase the chance of recovery. Finding help from a therapist with a qualification to work with Eating disorders is really important as they will have specific skills in working with the issues.

Recognising when there is a problem

Recognising that there is a problem is often difficult for both the family and the person affected to acknowledge. Secrecy, denial, and fad diets are often used by people who have an eating disorder and can make it difficult for friends and family to know for certain if they have issues with food. There is also a common assumption that someone with an Eating Disorder will be painfully thin. Getting professional help will establish if someone has an eating disorder and will provide support to both the sufferer and the family.

Some of the common signs to look for which MAY point towards an eating disorder:

• Individuals will often want to eat alone or say they have already eaten to avoid mealtimes.

• They may start to avoid certain food groups for ‘health’ reasons.

• Secret eating (finding food wrappers hidden)

• Constant weighing

• Visiting the bathroom directly after a meal

• Distorted body image

Treating eating disorders

Miriam Bannon, owner and director of All About People Ltd, a well-established private counselling practice in Leamington Spa said. “If an eating disorder isn’t treated, it can have a devastating impact on the individual and their family and friends. It will also impact on home and work lives and disrupt relationships. Counselling using a variety of skills will enable the sufferer to consider the underlying psychological causes as well as change behaviours and attitudes toward food.

Miriam adds. “Eating disorders are chronic, harmful problems which are usually connected to several different issues which a skilled therapist can help them to work through. My training with The National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) has given me an in depth understanding of Eating Disorders and how to work with the specific issues related to it. Another of my colleagues who also works specifically with Eating Disorders has extensive training and experience of working with people with Eating Disorders in both private practice and within a clinical setting.”

To find out more about the way we work and to arrange an appointment please call or e mail the office and we will be happy to arrange a no obligation chat with you.

All About People now offer appointments on Saturdays as we understand it can be difficult to attend appointments during the working week.

For further information or to make an appointment contact Miriam and her team using the details below:

T – 01926 882521

E – info@aapcounselling.co.uk

 

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