Eating disorders: how to fix them?

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Eating disorders are due to many factors, often of a psychological nature. In people who suffer from these disorders, it is the relationship to food that is problematic.

There are several forms of eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia are the most common.

anorexia nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by the refusal to eat.

There are two kinds of anorexia nervosa:

  • Restrictive anorexia nervosa : it concerns people who, for fear of getting fat, take care to strictly control their diet.
  • bulimic anorexia nervosa : it affects people who generally eat little, but who can lose control and overeat causing bouts of bulimia generally followed by vomiting.

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Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder punctuated by repeated and lasting episodes of overeating crisis also called bulimia crisis. These seizures are characterized by excessive food intake and complete loss of control. These seizures may or may not be followed by compensatory practices.

The main purpose of compensatory practices is to eliminate the calories consumed as much as possible.

Generally, bulimic individuals have recourse to provoked vomiting, to excessive sport, to fasting, to a very severe food restriction, to the abusive use of laxatives, diuretics, purgatives, enemas and other medications.

Today, these disorders are better and better understood and therefore better and better treated. Nutritional support and psychological or psychoanalytical therapy are very effective.

Here are our tips for overcoming eating disorders (ED).

Restore your biological rhythm

Very often, people who suffer from eating disorders also suffer from sleep disorders. It is therefore important to take your meals at fixed times and regulate your sleep.

Chronobiology helps to act from the first symptoms related to eating disorders.

Nutritional support

In order to reduce the frequency of seizures, try to take 3 to 4 daily and regular meals.

The idea is to eat a balanced and varied diet, eat sufficient proportions of food and avoid dietary restrictions.

The most important thing is to stay consistent in accessible and achievable efforts. To regain feelings of hunger and satiety, it is best to go to a nutritionist or dietitian for nutritional support.

Focus on your body

You can regularly take care of yourself by offering yourself small moments of relaxation such as a hammam or a massage… Activities such as Tai-chi, Yoga, osteopathy or sophrology sessions help to refocus on your body to relieve it and relax it.

Identify triggers

Strong emotion in general can trigger tantrums in people with eating disorders. Learn to identify the emotion that drives you to act as well as the times and places where it is strongest. The goal is to implement preventive strategies. For this, you can get help from a behavioral and cognitive psychotherapist.

Talk about your feelings

Try talking about what hurts you with a friend, relative or therapist. You can talk about your painful experiences, your failures, your difficulties… The idea is to externalize your feelings and all your negative emotions. You should know that some eating disorders are psychological illnesses that can be treated. You will be able to find a healthy relationship with your body.

Psychological therapies

A situation that is difficult to accept can manifest itself in an eating disorder. “I can’t swallow it”, “I can’t digest it”, “I have it in my throat”, “It won’t pass”… so many expressions that we use on a daily basis and which reflect a difficulty in feeding.

Indeed, eating disorders are a psychosomatic state resulting from a crisis due to a disappointment, a failure, a painful experience… In short, a situation that we still can’t cope with.

The bulimia crisis, for example, is a food response to a depressive situation that unconsciously encourages eating. The more the bulimic person eats, the more they feel guilty and the more their state of discomfort persists.

In order to get out of this spiral, you have to succeed in overcoming your disappointment and making peace with what hurts you. A psychotherapist can help you with this.

Psychoanalytical therapies

You do not know how to identify the reason behind your eating disorder? Do you think you’ve gotten rid of it and yet crises still arise? In this case, psychoanalytic therapy is recommended.

The psychotherapist will help you understand the unconscious causes of your eating disorder. This can be due to anguish, anxiety, stress, boredom, a feeling of loneliness…

It will accompany you so that you can identify the painful events in your life that may have generated phobias, inhibitions or blockages.

Psychoanalysis is a long and quite difficult treatment but it is effective.

Group therapies

You can enroll in discussion groups led by people who have suffered from eating disorders, psychologists and psychotherapists. The goal is to exchange with people who have the same problems as you. They will listen to you without making judgments and will help you overcome your painful experiences.

Psychotropics

Psychotropics come in addition to psychological monitoring and nutritional care to limit excess food that generates bulimic crises. These medicinal treatments provide the brain with the same feelings of well-being as food.

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Surgery

In order to fight against bulimia attacks, the establishment of a gastric band, is very effective.

This is a surgical technique that consists of placing an adjustable silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its volume and slow down the passage of food and therefore considerably limit bulimia attacks.

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