Do I have an eating disorder?

To eat or not to eat

Its National Disorder Awareness Week (22 to 28 February 2016) and at WAFFL its important to clarify from a medical standpoint what is classed as an eating disorder.

According to the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) an eating disorder often refers to young individuals who have developed this condition over a period of time which begins and continues to bring fear and insecurity. Common ones known to most people are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Anorexia nervosa is an illness in which people keep their body weight low by dieting, vomiting or excessively exercising.

Bulimia nervosa is another illness which people feel that they have lost control over their eating.

What makes it different to anorexia nervosa is people are caught in a cycle of eating large quantities of food and then vomiting, taking laxatives and diuretics or excessive exercising and fasting in order to prevent gaining weight.

Treatment for these conditions involve firstly identifying that there is a problem, having the social support around you and having the strength and mind to see your doctor. They can redirect and refer you to the appropriate services who are skilled in dealing with these conditions.

WAFFL promotes heathly exercise, a healthy viewpoint on food and a healthy focus on your goals. Your goals should never breed fear, insecurity or contempt for oneself. Our diet plans involve formulated nutritional programs and exercise programmes to aid in a healthy and focused eating mindset. However to help individuals at risk of eating disorders we help to monitor progress.

Help is there for you. Here are a few of the many organisations and charities.

Therefore if you feel that you are exhibiting signs of a eating disorder then please do not ignore it but speak to your doctor or seek professional advice.

Dr Anthony Egboh, WAFFL Doctor
MBBS, BSc, AISCM, MRCGP

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