Eating Disorders & Obesity

Eating Disorders are unhealthy or obsessive relationships with food that lead to extreme weight gain or loss.

Today’s lifestyle and culture contribute to the growing problem of obesity – as a society we are less active and therefore the calories we consume are not burned off as energy, but instead stored as fat. This can cause physical, emotional, and medical problems. Often people can lose weight, but consistently regain it. There is a common belief that to lose weight we just need to ‘eat less, move more’. While that will make a difference, it is what a person thinks and believes that influences whether they will keep the weight off, or regain it.

These are only a few examples of eating disorder – there are many others. Whether an individual is ‘fat’ or ‘thin’ has a formally diagnosed eating disorder or not, something they all have in common is an unhealthy relationship with food, combined with poor body image, low self worth, and possibly depression.

Treatment and next steps

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Identifying unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and learning skills and strategies for dealing with them.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Looking back in the individual’s life to see how past experiences are influencing current behaviour, and opening an opportunity for change.

Mindfulness Therapy: Encouraging a deliberate, conscious awareness of what the individual is feeling in the moment.

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