Hi and thanks for stopping by. This page is designed to assist those with eating and weight concerns, no matter how big or small. My hope for you or a loved one, is that this page can be a comforting place to find tools, resources, new facts and nutrition tips which can be used to help you or a loved one, even if its just in the smallest way!
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder involves extreme emotions, obsessions, behaviours and views surrounding weight, shape and food. Shape and weight are the underlying motivational factors leading to the severe behaviours and attitudes around food.
What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?
Anorexia Nervosa occurs when a person refuses or is mentally unable to consume sufficient kilojoules/calories in order to maintain a sufficient body weight.
Bulimia Nervosa is a condition characterised by recurrent episodes of binge eating with compensatory behaviours such as vomiting, use of laxatives, food restriction or excessive exercise.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder refers to regular episodes of uncontrolled binge eating without compensatory behaviours.
Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders
This diagnosis is made when a person presents with symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and/or binge eating but does not meet the full criteria for diagnosis of these disorders.
Whilst not currently recognised as a clinical diagnosis, Orthorexia refers to an obsession with healthy foods and shares many traits with the other eating disorders.
What Personality Traits Increase Susceptibility to Eating Disorders?
Research has shown there are certain pre eating disorder personality traits associated with the occurrence of eating disorders. If we are more aware of which personalities cause people to have an increased vulnerability to an eating disorder, this knowledge can be used as a means of prevention to reduce the risk of the eating disorder taking control.
Rigid, risk averse, anxious, obsessive, persistent, perfectionist, black and white thinker, catastrophic thinker and must live by the rules.
Risk taking, impulsive, approval seeking, anxiety and high level of dependence.
How can a Nutritionist help with Eating Disorders?
I believe finding the ‘right fit,’ when it comes to seeing a Nutritionist for the treatment of an eating disorder is critical. In case you’re feeling stuck and don’t know where to turn, I have put together some ways in which as a Nutritionist, I can help with your eating disorder or a loved one currently suffering:
- Together in a non-judgemental way, create a healthy and well-balanced meal plan whether it be for weight restoration, weight maintenance or simply improved well-being
- Educate and explain the importance of a healthy balanced diet and nutrition generally
- Dispel myths about food and weight – help challenge the inner voice
- Help introduce ‘banned’ foods back into the diet in a healthy manner
- Help change negative thoughts and beliefs around food, weight and shape
- Help gain insight into why the eating disorder may be persisting
- Teach mindful eating and methods of relaxation
- Provide education on the relationship between food and mood
- Correct micronutrient deficiencies which may be prolonging negative and obsessive thoughts about food, weight and shape
- Help support gastrointestinal health, which may be causing distress
- Help support energy levels, bone health and hormone balance
- Together plan for the future to avoid relapse
- Be there to support, answer any questions or concerns in a completely honest way
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia
Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Restrictive Eating, Body image, Picky Eating, Mindful Eating, Non-Dieting Approach, Healthy Relationship With Food, Healthy Weight Maintenance, Body Dysmorphic Disorder.