What is Disordered Eating?
We all struggle with some form of disordered eating at some point in our lives. Eating because we are stressed, because we are emotional or because we are playing a game with food.
In the moments when we can describe eating as disordered, somehow we have started to distort the way we use food in our lives. Some of us will feel out of control with food, eating large amounts of food, quickly. Others will start restricting food, because they need to feel in control when the world around them feels chaotic.
Stress is a factor for many of us, as we push ourselves hard to get things right, be perfect, please others and hurry up to get things finished. Stress rises inside of us along with anxiety and worry, climaxing with fear of a negative outcome.
Changes in our body chemistry will encourage weight gain and heighten our appetite. High levels of daily stress can easily lead to obesity.
Reaching for food when we are feeling hurt, sad, angry, confused, lonely… and the list goes on… means we are soothing and distracting ourselves from our feelings.
REMOTE SESSIONS – WORKING ONLINE WITH OUR TEAM
The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation is affecting us all.
We understand that the uncertainty and disruption to daily life this brings, can be an extra burden for people who are already struggling with their eating, weight and mental health.
All of our therapists are experienced in delivering remote sessions using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime, which means your therapy can continue online without disruption.
Our four central London locations currently remain open, and we are happy to see you in person as well.
Please book a call with our friendly and experienced assessment team who can explain how remote sessions can work for you.
Each year, in acknowledgement of Eating Disorder Awareness Week (2nd-8th March 2020), we have a Spring Promotion to provide greater access to our services.
We want to support people, who struggle with their weight and eating behaviour, change the mechanisms and patterns that are keeping them stuck.
Our experience tells us this can be achieved through psychological support, nutritional support, or a combination of both.
Purchase a 6-session block of therapy, and get 1 session FREE
Purchase any nutrition package, and get 1 session FREE
- This offer is available with all of our therapists, at all price points
- This offer is available to new WM clients only
- Offer ends on 31st March 2020
How Disordered Eating Makes us Feel
Emotional eating can make us feel excited and relieved in the short term, but is quickly followed with self-loathing and recrimination.
The games we set up for ourselves with food can be complex. Not eating can be a way of communicating how you feel about someone, while overeating in social situations can be a way of pleasing others, rather than attending to our own needs.
The rollercoaster ride of yo-yo dieting evokes familiar feelings of hope, despair and failiure resulting in cycling bouts of weight loss and weight regain, with the end result of ill health and a progressively heavier weight.
I worked with WM for a time after a severe relapse in my eating disorder. As I began to face the truth of my situation, I was kick-started back in to recovery. For me, it wasn’t really about food or weight; it was about my thoughts and feelings underneath. WM offered me a safe and supportive space where I was able to examine the real problem – control. Together, we began to explore what I was actually running away from. Myself.
* Disclaimer – Results may vary from person to person
Treatment for Disordered Eating
We invite you to explore these services for Disordered Eating
Disordered eating is common. You know you are eating in a disordered way if the payoff you get from food and eating is negative.
We can interrupt your negative patterns around food, eating and weight and support you in building a new relationship in the way you eat. You will feel happier, healthier and free.
Disordered eating can take up too much headspace, and affect how we socialise and live our life. Let us soothe your anxiety around eating, and help you feel more confident in managing food and eating.