There are several kinds of eating disorders that range from malnutrition to obesity and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, nutritional deficiency combined with obesity, pica and eating disorders arising as a direct result of physiological illnesses and medical treatments.
Since I was a dancer when I was much younger, I have been around people with eating disorders and for many years I have provided effective eating disorder treatment.
What is important to recognise is that there are faults in the way a person thinks and eating disorder treatment can help considerably.
We all can develop strange ways of thinking at times and when that becomes attached to the issues of eating, it produces an eating disorder.
People get lost, feel isolated, sometimes thinking no one else knows about the problems they are having around food.
In fact some people even manage to hide their eating disorders from other people that might not seem apparent until they become obviously ill.
People can also become in denial about their eating disorders. They pretend that it is not really an eating disorder and that it is perfectly ok to abuse their bodies in activities such as vomiting, starving or overeating.
Just doing nothing and staying doing the same old patterns is not a wise move. The earlier an eating disorder is treated, the better the outcome.
However, regardless of how long you might have been suffering from an eating disorder, treatment can help.
In fact as soon as you realise you might have an eating disorder you need to seek professional help because some people die of eating disorders because they did nothing or refused treatment.
Many people have got over their eating disorders, started to practise good eating patterns and attained a stable healthy weight after they have dealt with the emotional problems that caused the eating disorder in the first place.
And there are always emotional and thinking issues, as well as behavioural problems involved when it comes to eating disorders.
Eating disorders are not just bad eating habits so we may need to look into the reasons the disorder developed in the first place.
That does not mean you have to go through trauma from the past but it does mean you need to address the unfinished business that has not yet been resolved.
Sometimes when people come into therapy I am the first person to whom they have admitted that their eating patterns are out of control.
In addition to offering eating disorder counselling, I am also a naturopath, trained in nutritional medicine and western herbalism. I may add in hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and other therapeutic approaches in healing someone with an eating disorder.
All eating disorders can benefit dramatically from dietary consideration and lifestyle changes, in which we follow a naturopathic model, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy.
I always use hypnosis with eating disorders. In the clinic I find it is the fastest way to help people.
I believe that if you and your body are in distress we need to help you fix things fast. Your gastrointestinal system is the very beginning of your health as you absorb the right nutrients to be healthy and happy – and everyone deserves to be healthy and happy.
Book your hypnotherapy appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.