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What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are complex and serious mental illnesses. Eating disorders are characterised by the unhealthy preoccupation with eating, exercise and body shape. Risk factors involve a range of biological, social, psychological and environmental factors which may all play a role. Some example of biological risk factors include having a family history of mental illness or eating disorders, history of dieting, type 1 diabetes, going through life changes such as puberty or exploring sexuality in addition to a negative energy (calorie) balance.

Examples of environmental and social risk factors include weight stigma, appearance ideal internalisation, bullying, historical trauma, social isolation and social media. Psychological risk factors include a perfectionist personality trait, being highly self-critical, body image dissatisfaction, mood disorders such as anxiety or depression and inflexible thinking. 

There are many misconceptions about the causes of eating disorders. Eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or background. Different types of eating disorders include binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

Would I benefit from working with Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitians?

Eating disorders are not merely related to negative body image, diet culture or the desire to be thin, nor do you have to be skeletal to have one. Eating disorders are often a way of coping with difficult feelings or emotions that result in negative feelings towards the food you eat and how you feel in your body. It is important to note that eating disorders are not the fault of the person suffering. If you feel you may be suffering from any of the disorders listed above, please reach out to book a consultation with one of our expert eating disorder recovery specialists.

Will you benefit from working with an eating disorder specialist dietitian?

Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists

The EHL Method for Eating Disorder Recovery

Embody Health London specialise in eating disorder recovery programmes through our unique evidence-based and holistic method. The EHL Method draws on therapeutic modalities including NLP, CBT-E, self-compassion, mindfulness, ACT, EFT, yoga and meditation to support you on your recovery journey.

Due to the individualised and complex nature of eating disorders, we solely offer our one-to-one programme for clients with an active eating disorder.

Types of Eating Disorders

Bulimia Nervosa

People with bulimia are caught in a cycle of eating large quantities of food (called bingeing), and then compensate by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or exercising excessively (called purging). Treatment at the earliest possible opportunity gives the best chance for a sustained recovery from bulimia.

Binge Eating

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness where people eat very large quantities of food without feeling like they are in control of what they are doing and evidence suggests it is the most common type eating disorders.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is a serious mental illness where people are below their set point weight due to limiting how much they eat and drink. They may develop rules around what they feel they can and cannot eat. As well as limiting how much they eat, they may engage in excessive exercise and purging behaviours. Some people with anorexia may experience cycles of bingeing (eating large amounts of food at once) and then purging. Anorexia is also characterised by an intense fear of weight gain.

Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OFSED)

Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are diagnosed using specific diagnostic criteria which highlight behavioural, psychological, and physical symptoms. Sometimes a person’s symptoms do not exactly fit the criteria for any of these three specific eating disorders. In that case, they might be diagnosed with “other specified feeding or eating disorder” (OSFED).

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder more commonly known as ARFID, is a condition characterised by the person avoiding certain foods or types of food, having restricted intake in terms of overall amount eaten, or both. Unlike other eating disorders, ARFID does not involve distress about body shape or size.

EHL is here to help

If you are currently suffering with an active eating disorder please reach out to book your free discovery call. We pride ourselves as being the UK’s leading eating disorder recovery specialists and are passionate about helping those who struggle with their eating habits and body image

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