BODY DYSMORPHIA AND EATING DISORDERS
A Healthier You
UNDERSTANDING BODY DYSMORPHIA AND EMOTIONAL EATING MANIFESTING AS EATING DISORDERS
Let’s be honest, at some stage in everybody’s lives we have been critical of our bodies. We’ve all wished a certain body part looked a little different that it actually was. Who hasn’t thought, if I just has a smoother bridge on my nose, a slightly different shaped chin, smaller (or bigger) legs and those less than perfect breasts…. this is all pretty standard and common to critique ourselves this way.
However Body Dysmorphia is different, it’s about seeing your body in a way that is not real. An example is you truly believe you’re fat, when in fact you are petite, you have a preoccupation or a more disturbing word, obsession with the way in which you want your body to look. You constantly check in the mirror to see what you look like and if you’ve changed in the last few hours, you compare yourself to other. Especially asking trusted friends if you are bigger, smaller or the same size as that person, that amount of times I have asked my mum this is embarrassing.
Do you think you suffer from Body Dysmorphia?
Are you preoccupied with what you look like?
Do you focus on your flaws?
Are you the only person that sees yourself this way?
Do you frequently touch yourself on the flaw you perceive?
Do you try to hide your flaws?
Do you avoid doing thing (or wearing things) because you are so self-conscious?
Do you “fix” the issue? (i.e. through exercise, cosmetic surgery, medication, dieting, or other methods)?
If you have answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, you are most likely suffering from Body Dysmorphia.
Emotional Eating is when you have an unhealthy relationship with food and you are using food as a way to control your environment and regulate your emotions. This can be in the form of feeding your feeling as an over eater of feeding them as a binge and purge cycle (bulimia) or controlling your intake of food and drastically undereating (anorexia). These are all classed as eating disorders and will impact every aspect of your life.
Do you think you suffer from an Eating Disorder?
Are you preoccupied with food and its calories?
Do you use food to change the way you feel?
Are you secretive about this behaviour?
Do you go on food binges, unable to stop yourself?
Do you feel guilt and shame around these binges?
Do you purge yourself, or swear you’ll never eat like that again after the binge?
Are you measuring every morsel of food you eat?
Do you limit your food intake?
Are you over exercising?
Have you given up exercising altogether?
Have loved ones voiced concern?
If you have answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, you are most likely suffering from an eating disorder.
They can cause vast medical issues and can lead to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. You have come to this page today because you or someone you love is suffering. This is a sign you need and want support. There is help and you can recovery from this.
There is no one single cause of Body Dysmorphia, Over Eating and Bulimia it is contributed to genetics, family of origin, trauma (childhood and adulthood) and environmental/social factors. If you are reading this and believe you suffer from one or all of these, then there is help available. Education, learning to change the thought patterns and behavioural changes are part of the Nurture, Nourish, Move triangular approach to combatting these illnesses.
Our lifestyle re-education is a unique weekly 60 minute education consultation, delivering the concept of Nurture, Nourish, Move. It’s a place where you can safely learn to moderate, curb and eliminate these problems and begin to recovery from these life threatening illnesses. Specifically designed to enable people suffering body dysmorphia, problematic eating, emotional eating and bulimia to help change their lifestyle and develop a health relationship with themselves, their diet and their exercise. Lifestyle Re-Education is a program to promote recovery from the above mentioned eating disorders.
Disclaimer: Anthea is not a therapist and has no qualifications in the area of mental health, she strongly recommends that you engage the services of a therapist while she is working with you through her program. This will be a prerequisite in working with her.