- becomes tiring
- can be frightening
- compromises physical health
- proves ineffective over time
These ineffective coping attempts can become compulsive and spin out of control. Eventually using up much of the time in life that would otherwise be devoted to enjoying oneself. The first step in eating disorder counselling is to come to truly understand how “eating because of” a feeling (bingeing, over eating, comfort eating), “throwing up” a feeling (purging), “denying feelings” (starving) or running away from feelings (exercise anorexia) do little to resolve those same feelings
As mentioned earlier, eating disorders are about feelings, not food. After they have started the re-nourishment process the counselling for mental health healing begins. Some eating disorders stem from other mental health concerns in your life, some of these concerns may be:
Types of Eating Disorders
Even though the different types of eating disorders have different traits and symptoms, it is not uncommon for them to overlap. Sometimes people can suffer from multiple symptoms from multiple types of eating disorders. The common forms of eating disorders are:
- Is when an individual is at a low weight and is in fear of gaining weight resulting in restricting food. People with anorexia tend to deem themselves overweight even if they are not (body dysmorphic disorder)
- Are recurring behaviours of restricting food, purging and bingeing. Purging can be throwing up, using enemas and taking laxatives.
- Is when an individual consumes an unusually large portion of food followed by self-induced purging (vomitting) to ‘reverse’ their binge.
- This means that the individual restricts food intake to eating only foods that are deemed as ‘health foods’ and relying on eating ‘correctly’ to satisfy themselves. This leads to an obsessive focus on food. If weight loss starts to effect health it turns into anorexia nervosa.
- Also known as “Anorexia athletica” the individual over-exercises to the point of prioritizing their workouts over everything else, including their physical health.