The diet industry is a multi-billion pound industry and societal pressure to look ‘perfect’ has never been greater. When you browse through your favourite social media platform you are guaranteed to see social media influencers promote the latest diet or exercise trend. This false impression of what a ‘perfect’ body is has led to a massive increase in eating disorders.
What is an Eating Disorder?
An eating disorder is a serious mental and physical illness that involves a complex and damaging relationship with food, eating, exercise, and body image. People of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, body weights and genders, can get an eating disorder. It’s no surprise that the age group who are most pressurised into having a ‘Love Island’ body, teenagers and young adults, are most commonly affected by eating disorders.
Research hasn’t found a specific cause of eating disorders but there are some genetic, social, behavioural, and psychological factors that can increase the risk. Eating disorders can be life-threatening and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. That’s why it is essential to seek help as soon as possible if you, or someone you care for, is struggling with an eating disorder.
Counselling and Eating Disorders
Unfortunately, there isn’t a “miracle cure” or a “quick fix” but there are many evidence-based practices that are proven to help tremendously with the recovery process. Counselling is one of them.
At Nightingale Counselling you will work with counsellors who have a great understanding of eating disorders, the mental toll it can take on you, your family, and your friends and the common misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. The road to recovery isn’t an easy one but seeking help from expert counsellors is a massive step in the right direction.
We would always advise that if you have an eating disorder that you initially contact your GP. Eating disorders affect a person both physically and mentally, so GP’s and counsellors work hand in hand to help you overcome this illness. A GP will focus on the stress and damage that the eating disorder has done to your body. Our counsellors focus on getting to the root of the mental health issues that are key to your recovery.
We know that there can be a stigma attached to having an eating disorder and it can be difficult to tell your family and friends what’s happening. An eating disorder doesn’t define who you are. It’s a serious illness that many people can’t control, however, we’re here to help you on the road to your recovery.