TYPES OF EATING CONCERN
There are many different types of Eating Concern. This could be over eating or under eating (including conditions such as Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia) or someone may be concerned that their diet is either not healthy enough or that they are being too concerned about how healthy their diet is.
An eating disorder often starts as a coping mechanism when other parts of the sufferer's life is feeling out of control.
The sufferer will often use their relationship with food as a way of blocking out painful emotions. If these emotions aren't processed then the eating disorder will continue and may become life threatening.
If you believe your health is suffering as a result of an eating disorder then your GP, a Dietician or Nutritional Expert will be able to make suggestions as to how you change your relationship with food in a way that will be of benefit to you.
Alongside this, Counselling can help you to deal with the strong emotions which your mind has linked to food and your body image.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP WITH EATING CONCERNS?
I believe that building a trusting relationship is extremely important when working with someone who has concerns about their eating.
Without this trusting relationship in place it would be extremely difficult for the sufferer to explore the painful emotions, such as anger, shame and guilt, that they are blocking with their eating disorder.
Once this trusting relationship is in place I would aim to help you to explore these painful emotions so that you can understand where they originate.
This in turn will help you to feel more in control of your life and begin to start to challenge your negative relationship with food.