According to Eating Disorders Victoria there are several studies that show that anxiety is the pre-cursor to an Eating Disorder. There are a number of theories around about how they develop, but what we do know is that they are devastating.
One such theory is that a simple event or random statement can be picked up by the subconscious mind and developed into a belief that if not halted can become a significant behavioural issue. Sometimes the receiver of that message begins to connect that comment to their self-image, and it can form into a story about being unacceptable because of size or shape, weight, or the occurence of a particular event. For some people there are a series of events that can morph into a deep fear about being fat and an absolute need to get control.
The National Eating Disorder Association in the United States say that eating disorders are more common than Alzheimers, and closer to home Australian figures from 2012 indicated nearly 1 million sufferers. What these numbers suggest is that you probably know someone who has an eating disorder.
Identifying that there is a problem and actioning support in the early stages is the ideal. Sadly the statistics show that often an eating disorder can go undetected for up to ten years. The emotional mental and physiological outcomes of longterm restriction, the gorging and purging of food takes it's toll.
Eating Disorders are :
- Connected to Anxiety
- A mental health issue
- Various in form and have different characteristics
- Connected with dieting
- Are linked to the need for control
Woman With Anorexia A young Australian woman who battled anorexia for 15 years on talks about how hypnotherapy helped her to recover from the brink of death. This story is from the Daily Mail, written by Laura House, and published on the 26th of April 2017.
Hypnosis in the Therapy of Anorexia Nervosa Hypnosis was used successfully in treating 50 patients suffering from anorexia nervosa. Hypnotherapeutic intervention is most effective in treating such symptoms of this disorder as hyperactivity, distorted body image, failure of interoceptive awareness, feelings of inadequacy, perfectionist tendencies, and resistance to therapy. Meir Gross M.D. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 175-181, 1984 The abstract is located here if you want to see it
The Use of Hypnosis in the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa - Hypnotherapeutic techniques may enhance the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral and interactional strategies in the treatment of bulimic patients. Vanderlin J, Vandereycken W - University Psychiatric Center, Kortenberg, Belgium - Int J Clin Exp Hypn 1990 Apr;38(2):101-11
Hypnotizability, Eating Behaviors, Attitudes and Concerns: Implications for a key role for hypnosis in the treatment of eating behaviors, attitudes, and concerns. Hutchinson-Phillips S, Gow K, Jamieson GA - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia - Int J Exp Hypn 2007 Jan;55(1):84:113