Anyone can be affected by an eating disorder, regardless of age, race, gender or background, however for many, body image issues and eating problems begin in adolescence. For the greatest chance of recovery I believe it is important to address both the eating behaviours and the underlying emotional issues, which may include depression and anxiety.
An eating disorder is likely to occur when a person uses eating, or not eating, to manage painful or uncomfortable thoughts or feelings and when food and eating take on an abnormal significance. Eating disorders are fundamentally psychological in origin, and often have serious physical consequences, which can continue for many years if left untreated. The most commonly referred to eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
At Evolution I have specialist expertise in working with adolescents, adults and families struggling with eating disorders. If you wish to discuss this further please contact me