Being conscious of how you look is normal. As much as possible, you want to look good and most of the time your weight is the most prominent contributing factor to this issue based on what the world sees as beautiful.
You want to look good because you want to have that “acceptance” from the public and you want to boost your self-esteem. Whatever your reason may be, taking care of yourself is a good thing. But if you’re making drastic measures – such as skipping meals or purging – just to achieve your desired weight over a short period, you might have a problem. This is by far, the most common scenario of someone you may have an eating disorder.
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are illnesses characterized by abnormal eating habits which can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. An eating disorder can include eating inadequately or excessively, and can ultimately damage your wellbeing. There are several types of disorders associated with eating:
- Anorexia Nervosa: is a life-threatening disorder that is commonly characterized by body weight which is below the normal weight range. It also accompanies a strong desire to be thin and an intense fear of gaining weight. People commonly have a distorted view of body image (they’ll think they look fat when they’re already too thin). People with anorexia exhaust all means not to gain weight – they force themselves to vomit and take laxatives for weight loss.
- Bulimia Nervosa: with Bulimia Nervosa, you’ll feel you don’t have any control with your eating habits. You’ll tend to binge and purge within a short period. You’ll probably restrict yourself to eat within the day but end up bingeing and purging more. But because of the guilt and too much concern for body image, you may exercise too much or force yourself to vomit just to get rid of the calories you’ve taken.
- Binge-Eating Disorder: when you have Binge-eating disorder, you overeat and feel that you don’t have the control every time you eat. Even when you’re not hungry, you’ll choose to overeat. After the process of bingeing, you might feel guilty or ashamed, but unlike Bulimia Nervosa, you don’t take any measures to get rid of the calories. Instead, you’ll choose to eat alone, in an attempt to hide your bingeing.
How Can We Help You?
Regardless of the type of eating disorder you might have, our psychologists at People Psychology in Brighton will be ready to help you. We understand that the reasons why you have this type of behavior can either be personal or can be rooted from your childhood – that’s why our solutions are tailored-fit to your issues around your lifestyle. We’ll strive to find the perfect solution for your eating disorder in an attempt to change your behavior for the better.
Get The Help You Need
If you’re interested to know more about eating disorders and the services we can offer you, get in touch today! Book your first appointment and make the first step on your journey to a healthier relationship with food. Call now!