Eating and Relationships with Food

Posted: 10th June 2014

To continue our blog about all types of addiction, this week we are focusing on Eating

What have become known as eating disorders can be broken down to an individual's relationship with food. Men, women, boys and girls are all potential victims of this painful condition. It doesn't matter about one's ethnic background or social standing, age or religion, anyone in this post-modern era may become vulnerable.

On the surface any eating disorder may seem irrational, it may seem to make no sense at all; however, a little mining below the surface will surely reveal a complex set of emotional, physical and spiritual dynamics that will, in a strange way, show the logic and sense of the behaviour.

It is very important to bear in mind that any apparently dysfunctional relationship to food and eating is not a condition of identity. In other words the condition is not about who the person is, but rather someting that they suffer with. This means the individual can learn to detach from and therefore manage the self-destructive behaviour and learn to lead the life they choose.

At Fullstop we are well aware of the delicate and sensitive matters that cluster around a problematic realtionship to food. We will assess your specific and particular needs and source the most appropriate help for you and your family.

The most common categories of eating disorder are: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating.

Symptoms of Anorexia

  • Physical:
  • weight loss
  • Difficulty sleeping and tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pains
  • Constipation
  • Growth of fine hair all over the body (Lanugo)
  • Cessation of periods in women and hormonal changes in men
  • Hair loss
  • Behavioural:
  • Excessive excercising
  • Ritual and obsessive behaviour
  • Secrecy
  • Lying
  • People pleasing
  • Cooking for everyone else
  • Wearing overly loose clothing

Symptoms of Bulimia

  • Physical:
  • Sore throat, bad breath and mouth infections
  • Stomach pains
  • Irregular periods
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Poor or dry skin
  • Poor teeth
  • Bowel and kidney problems
  • Fainting
  • Behavioural symptoms:
  • Eating obviously large amounts of food
  • Being sick after meals ( dissapearing to the bathroom/toilet after eating)
  • Misuse of laxatives and/or diet pills
  • Secrecy
  • Lying

Symptoms of Binge Eating

  • Physical:
  • Weight gain
  • Behavioural:
  • Eating obviously large amounts of food
  • Eating "junk food"
  • Depression
  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Severe guilt

For help with dealing with an eating problem, please call us on 01963 251 860