Eating Disorders and Body Image

Eating disorders are up to 10 times more common in girls that in boys and sadly appear to be on the increase. Disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Much criticism has been levelled at the media for creating unrealistic images in magazines which can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and poor body image resulting in low self esteem. Eating disorders may begin as an attempt to gain control over distressing life events or overwhelming feelings. Restrictive diets may begin as a response to puberty and changing body shape and fear of the responsibility of becoming an adult. Disordered eating can express difficulties within family relationships which cannot be communicated in other ways and as a response to trauma.

You may have begun by eating less and exercising, possibly to excessive amounts.

You may feel compelled to keep losing weight and see yourself as fat even though others insist you are too thin.

You may be fearful of certain foods or perceive some foods as ‘bad’.

You may use more extreme ways of controlling weight such as vomiting (purging) or using laxatives.

Professional help is vital on your road to recovery.