MotivEat Listening And Understanding Of Eating Disorders In West Lothian Scotland
Our Understanding Of Eating Disorders.
The clinical description for eating disorders includes Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating or Compulsive Eating Disorder. All eating disorders are expressions of underlying psycho-social problems. Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are characterised by fear of weight gain, feelings of ineffectiveness and low self-esteem. Anorexia nervosa is identified by drastic weight loss from extreme food restriction. Most individuals with anorexia don't recognise how underweight they are. Even when at a dangerously low body weight e.g. 5 stones, these individuals may still "feel fat", making it difficult to convince them to seek help. Alternatively, they may know they are emaciated but experience an intense fear of food. Bulimia nervosa is identified by frequent fluctuations in weight, with periods of uncontrollable binge eating followed by some form of purging to rid the body of the unwanted calories. This can be through self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercising, or fasting. Each of these methods is harmful and counter-productive. Binge-eating disorder, or compulsive eating, may be described as food intake that:
❆ Is emotionally "driven" to the point of physical discomfort or beyond
❆ Often occurs in secret
❆ Is experienced as comforting to the individual
❆ May be a continuation of a regular meal or initiated separate from meals
This type of behaviour is different from bulimia in that it is not followed by any form of purging. Eating disorders are caused by a combination of societal, individual, and family factors. They are a manifestation of complex underlying struggles with identity and self-concept, and of problems that often stem from traumatic experiences and patterns of socialisation.
Eating disorders are coping behaviours which provide the individual with an outlet for displacement of feelings or with a (false) sense of being in control. Common to all eating disorders is a pervasive underlying sense of powerlessness. Regardless of clinical diagnosis, any food and weight issues which impact on an individual's ability to live a full and pleasurable life are of concern. Please note that although most individuals with eating disorders are female, the clinical criteria and descriptions also apply to the 5 to10% of individuals with these disorders who are male.
Help is available - we understand you will be struggling and may have struggled for many years with an Eating Disorder.
With MotivEat you can voice that struggle and we will work with you to master recovery over it.