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).
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?
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.
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).
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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