1in 10 people in the UK will experience partial or full symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder at some point in their lives.........
Sadly, eating disorders occur in most people who over-evaluate their body shape and weight. Considering that most young people evaluate themselves by their achievements in social relationships, sport & academia. Whereas those with eating disorders view their self-worth largely in terms of their body shape, image, and weight. Their world becomes obsessed with controlling these areas.
Although, the young person might be seriously underweight, they view this as a success rather than a problem.
They have limited motivation to change which is a major concern for families, friends and most importantly for recovery.
Some young people are more vulnerable than others, this can depend on the individual’s presence of biological or other predisposing factors.
Signs to look out for:
Difficulties at school
Teasing, bullying comments on their weight or body shape
Societal pressure to be slim
Relationship difficulties, breakdown in communication, poor support system
Conflict at home e.g., high parental expectations
Genetics, family history of mental illness, depression/eating disorder
Low self-esteem, emotional difficulties
Adverse sexual experiences and abuse
If you are seeing signs and symptoms of an eating disorder developing or taking hold.
Reach out for help and support, seek an experienced psychotherapist/counsellor as it can be a long, lonely journey for everyone involved.
Beateatingdisorders UK is a fantastic website they can signpost, give advice, or simply listen.
Wishing you a positive journey, you are not alone,