EATING DISORDERS

 
 
 
 

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a potentially life-threatening mental illness with serious medical complications. It can affect people regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, body shape, weight, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

 

Some common signs and symptoms of AN include:

  • Preoccupation with eating, food, body shape and weight 

  • Distorted body image, intense fear of gaining weight and sudden weight loss

  • Radical changes in food preferences and quantities eaten

  • Compulsive or excessive exercise and misuse of diuretics and/or laxatives

Our dietitians can help with: 

  • Personalised meal plans for every stage of recovery including supplements

  • Education on the role of nutrition in physical and mental wellbeing 

  • Challenging false beliefs about food and ‘Real time’ meal support therapy, assisted by Ella our Dietwise dog

  • Managing distressing gut symptoms such as nausea, bloating, pain, and early fullness

We believe recovery from AN is possible and we will work as part of a team with other health professionals in your recovery. Our Dietitians use evidence-based treatment approaches such as: CBT-E, FBT and the principles of DBT and ACT. 

BULIMIA NERVOSA

Bulimia Nervosa (BN) is characterised by eating a large amount of food (binging) in a short period of time. It is followed by compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, excessive exercise, using laxatives or diuretics, or using other medications to control body weight. The risks associated with BN are serious and include:

  • Throat - Chronic sore throat, indigestion, reflux, inflamed or ruptured oesophagus 

  • Heart - irregular or slow heartbeat, fainting, dizziness

  • Stomach and intestines - ulcers, irregular bowel movements, constipation, and diarrhoea 

  • Hormones - irregular or absent period, infertility

Our dietitians can help with: 

  • Personalised meal plans for every stage of recovery

  • Education on the role of nutrition in physical and mental wellbeing 

  • Challenging false beliefs about food and ‘real time’ meal support therapy, assisted by Ella our Dietwise dog

  • Normalising bowels

We believe recovery from BN is possible and we will work closely with your treatment team. Our Dietitians use evidence-based treatment approaches such as: CBT-E, FBT and the principles of DBT and ACT. 

BINGE EATING DISORDER

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterised by regular episodes of eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, usually in secret, with no compensatory behaviours. People with BED often feel a loss of control during binges and feel guilt, shame, disgust and embarrassment. The risks associated with BED are serious and include:

  • Extreme body dissatisfaction, shame and low self-esteem 

  • Osteoarthritis, chronic kidney problems, high blood pressure and heart disease

  • Self-harm, substance abuse or suicide attempts

 

Our dietitians can help with: 

  • Understanding binge triggers and ED behaviours that maintain BED

  • Strategies to overcome urges to binge

  • Relapse prevention to find food and body peace 

We believe recovery from BED is possible and we will work closely with your treatment team. Our Dietitians are informed in a range of evidence-based treatment approaches including CBT-E, FBT, DBT and ACT. 

AVOIDANT/RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER (ARFID)

Avoidant/Restrictive food Intake disorder (ARFID) is often dismissed as 'picky eating'. It is different from other eating disorders such as anorexia because people with ARFID do not worry much about their body weight or how they look. In contrast, there are issues with the food itself because of:

  • Sensory sensitivities, such as avoiding certain flavours, textures, or smells

  • Fear of consequences of eating such as choking, vomiting, or allergic reaction

  • Lack of interest in eating due to low hunger or lack of enjoyment

 

Our dietitians can help with: 

  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies and promoting weight gain

  • Educating on the role of nutrition in physical and mental wellbeing 

  • Educating on food shopping, selection, preparation, portioning and consumption

  • Challenging nutrition knowledge, eating behaviours and beliefs 

  • Support a positive relationship with food

Our Dietitians are informed in a range of evidence-based treatment approaches including CBT-AR, FBT, DBT and ACT. 

DISORDERED EATING

Disordered eating refers to a wide range of abnormal behaviours to control weight or shape often seen in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Common examples of disordered behviours include:

  • Meal skipping, fasting, restrained eating, restrictive dieting or ‘clean’ eating

  • Compulsive eating, cravings, binge eating and vomiting 

  • Misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, diet pills, steroids, creatine or illicit drugs

 

The risks are severe and can lead to a clinical eating disorder, weight gain, fatigue, low mood, poor sleep, altered bowels, low self-esteem and significant emotional impairment.

Our dietitians can help you:

  • Restore physical, emotional and mental health by rediscovering ‘normal’ eating

  • Re-establish and respond to hunger and fullness signals

  • Break free from food rules, diet mentality and the destructive diet-binge cycle

  • Learn the principles of mindful and intuitive eating

 
 
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