Eating you alive?
Eating disorders have been a hot topic the last few weeks, poignantly highlighted with the anniversary of the tragic death of Princess Diana ( (Read Article) ). Wasting Away was a hard hitting programme on Channel 4; (Read Article) which looked at the effect on the family of a sufferer: “I couldn’t deal with it at all. I said things like, if you want to starve yourself, starve yourself! I just thought it was a fad, a stupid lifestyle thing, a teenager being crass. I never for a moment thought it was a mental illness.”
Are you concerned about a potential eating disorder, has a diet or style of eating become more important to you recently, have your feelings towards eating changed, or have you begun to see yourself differently and quote food as the reason? Are people close to you worrying about you, and can you see some truth in their concerns. Do you just want to talk to someone about your body, your feelings or your relationship with food? Or are you concerned about a family member and are not sure how to address a potential issue?
A 2015 report commissioned by Beat estimates more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders tend to be more common in certain age groups, but they can affect people of any age. Around 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point.
A common misconception about eating disorders, the most common being anorexia nervosa and bulimia, is that it mainly effects teenage girls. This is simply not the case and anyone at any time of life, with any personal circumstances can develop a food or body related anxiety. Thankfully more and more men and boys are seeking help for eating disorders.
You can see more about this here: (Read Article)
During my years of experience dealing with these issues, I’ve worked with many clients who are suffering from eating disorders, each client’s fears and concerns are vastly different.
You can work through this, and I will work with you to develop a personal recovery plan. Helping you to develop techniques for the longer term to identify the risks of slipping back into the old destructive behaviours, and to supply a tool box of such techniques to address these risks.
You don’t have to feel this way.
Great programme to watch in catch up TV, Panorama, Men, Boys & Eating Disorders BBC Documentary 2017. (View Documentary)
A very high success rate. Please get in touch for a chat to see if counselling could be your way to being you again.