UNDERSTANDING EATING DISORDERS
is important when seeking help…

Eating disorders are complex mental health issues that do not discriminate – it can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or race. There are different types of eating disorders that either lead people to overeat, starve themselves, or adopt unhealthy behaviours concerning food intake and body weight.

At Lauren Moore Counselling, I specialise in helping patients suffering from eating disorders by determining its cause, and offering professional and compassionate guidance on their journey towards recovery. I have worked with several patients over the years and feel with the right support, these disorders can be triumphed.

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The most common eating disorders known today are:

  • Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a common eating disorder, especially in women and girls (but it can affect men and boys!). Individuals suffering from this disorder have a fear of gaining weight and therefore starve themselves to lose weight. Other behaviours include excessive exercise, taking diet pills and laxatives, etc. Even when these individuals show symptoms of starvation, they will not eat.

Anorexia nervosa can be triggered by a traumatic event, a big life change, or the desire to excel in sports like gymnastics or ballet that require a slim figure.

  • Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is most common in females, especially females in their teen and adolescent years. It can be triggered by stress, social pressure, or low self-esteem and a distorted body image.

Someone suffering from bulimia is caught in a terrible cycle of bingeing and purging. These individuals will consume large amounts of food and then compensate by purging to get rid of the food again. Some people will also take laxatives to encourage bowel movements, or exercise excessively. Bulimia can be more difficult to diagnose, as sufferers usually maintain a normal weight.

  • Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder globally. It affects both men and women and sufferers are usually overweight or obese. This disorder can develop at any age and sufferers may feel out of control and go on an eating binge from time to time. Some may binge until they are painfully full, or even when they are not hungry. Often, binges are triggered by depression, stress, anxiety, or boredom.

  • D.N.O.S (eating disorder not otherwise specified)

Sufferers of E.D.N.O.S show symptoms and behaviours that are similar to those of Anorexia and Bulimia, and therefore cannot be placed into either category. Symptoms can also include binge eating manners.

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Suffer in silence from these eating disorders which affect so many men and women around the world!

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