Overcome Eating Disorders
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There are a number of different types of eating disorders, each with their own traits and symptoms, the three main eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and compulsive overeating.
Anorexia Nervosa – literally meaning nervous loss of appetite
Sufferers of anorexia nervosa do have an appetite, but they control it by ignoring hunger pangs and can settle them by drinking large amounts. Sufferers of anorexia can have mood swings and see food restriction as a positive way of gaining control in their lives, often they feel it is the only thing they can control. Some people with anorexia abuse laxatives or exercise excessively. They gain pleasure from losing weight and the feeling of success will spur them on even further.
Bulimia sufferers will diet for long periods and then they binge on large quantities of food (usually high sugar, high calorie), they can then have intense feelings of guilt which leads to purging. The binging is seen as gaining control of a situation, particularly in social situations where food is involved. People with bulimia will be very secretive about their disorder, they may appear to be a normal weight but they are constantly putting their body under tremendous stress which leads to associated health problems e.g. loss of tooth enamel and a bleeding throat from too much stomach acid. Sufferers of bulimia may feel incredibly embarrassed by their actions and the amount of food they can consume – this makes it difficult to seek help because of the fear or being judged further.
Compulsive overeating – also known as binge eating disorder
This disorder leads to obesity, and may be similar to bulimia in that sufferers will secretively eat a lot of food in a short period of time, they feel out of control and do not taste what they eat. The biggest difference with bulimia is they do not purge.
Eating disorders take on a range of different forms, each person is unique and it stands to reason that each person with an eating disorder will have different reasons for their behaviour.
Some of the work I do with people who have suffered from eating disorders is to help them to recognise day to day events and emotions as being normal, that eating a particular food does not automatically mean the day has gone wrong and that it is OK to have hunger pangs and eat to the point of being full and then stop.
If you recognise yourself in any of the above, please call me for a confidential discussion about how Cognitive Hypnotherapy could be the key to lasting change.
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