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Stop Emotional Eating

Let’s talk about Emotional Eating. Emotional Eating means that you eat for any other reason other than nutrition. You use food to:
•    Calm
•    Soothe
•    Reduce Boredom
•    Reduce Loneliness
•    And more.

However, the underlying reasons for Emotional Eating and truly identifying and understanding the issues are important.
More often than not there can be pre-existing Eating and Weight Disorder. To understand what that is, let’s have a look at Eating and Weight Disorders. We’ve all had some level of exposure, whether it’s personal experience, experience of a loved one or portrayal of these in the media and entertainment industry. You can have experience with one or more of these across your lifetime and at any one time.

To start with, we’re going to bust some myths!

You either have to be very thin or overweight/obese to have an eating/weight disorder

Weight is not an indication of whether someone has an Eating and Weight Disorder. Some people with anorexia can look emaciated but others may not appear so obviously underweight. People with other serious disorders, like bulimia, binge eating disorders and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) can be underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. Even people who outwardly fit our ideals of perfection (celebrities, athletes etc.) can suffer from Eating and Weight Disorders. These disorders are much more about how the person evaluates their own weight, their thoughts and self worth, their body image and what behaviours they engage in to lose weight, gain muscle or prevent weight regain.

Eating and Weight Disorders only affect adolescents, particularly females

While it’s true that the peak onset period is between 12 and 25, eating disorders can affect anyone. In fact, males are thought to make up 25% of the people with anorexia or bulimia and 40% of those with binge eating disorder. Eating and Weight Disorders don’t discriminate based on gender, age, culture, socioeconomic status or family type.

The only way to lose weight is to follow strict diets

Dieting is the single most important risk factor for developing eating disorders or having disordered eating patterns. Attempting to lose weight by following rigid, inflexible diets encourages people to develop obsessive thoughts and behaviours around food and weight. With 90-95% of diets failing, it is both an ineffective and dangerous way to try and lose weight. Dieting is different to making sustainable changes to your eating and exercise habits, which can result in long term weight change.

Those who diet are actually more likely to be overweight or obese, and moderate dieters are six times more likely to develop an eating disorder, with severe dieters eighteen times more likely to develop an eating disorder.

Some celebrities have eating disorders and they look great – Eating and Weight Disorders aren’t that serious

This one is just plain wrong! At 5-10 years post-diagnosis, 10% of anorexics have died and the mortality rate is the highest of all mental illnesses. Eating disorders intensely stress the body and can damage every major internal organ.  Again, appearance is not a useful way to judge how healthy someone is – Eating and Weight Disorders are serious illnesses with physical and mental consequences.

If people just had self control, they could chose to be healthier with their weight and eating

This kind of attitudes can be very upsetting for people struggling with Eating and Weight Disorders– particularly for those struggling with obesity, the idea that they are simply lazy undermines the complexity of the issue. Eating and Weight Disorders have biological, genetic and psychological components and it’s not as simple as a mere lack of will power.

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If you have a Disordered Eating Behaviour e.g. binge eating, restrictive/binge eating, emotional/stress eating, Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you!

If you have a combined Eating and Weight Disorder e.g. Yo-yo Dieting, Obesity and Binge Eating, Restrictive/Binge and either overweight/normal weight or Food Addiction, Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you!  We do not believe in dieting and will help you to stop dieting! The Fit Minds & Bodies Program includes a multifaceted approach that involves:

•    Your Brain and How it Works
•    Brain Chemistry
•    Food
•    Taste Buds
•    Healthy Activity
•    Psychology of Self
•    Psychology of Relationships
•    Finding Balance

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Food Addiction Therapy: The Simple Plan may help you to start your journey of change with a focus on getting rid of the negative dieting rules, understanding why you turn to food and how to start breaking the negative cycles without going ‘cold turkey’.



There are 20 Eating and Weight Disorders:

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If you or anyone you know, is suffering from severe Anorexia and/or Bulimia please talk to your doctor. These disorders can be very invasive and even life-threatening. Your local public and/or private hospitals may have a unit that provides both inpatient and outpatient facilities, to help with Eating Disorders. There are many helplines and organisations that may be able to help:


To find about the 20 Identifiable Eating and Weight Disorders:

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