Few are the men and women who have a simple relationship with food and their bodies; it is the subject for a million fad diets in our “perfect body culture.” However, for certain people this obsession with food and appearance can turn their lives into an endless struggle cantered around what they have or have not eaten, what weight they have or have not put on. Thus the yoyo effect takes hold.
The common themes with all eating disorders are both the obsession and the compulsion. The individual becomes completely obsessed by his food. The body begins to want more and more so that any notion of control becomes impossible or extremely dangerous and sometimes both. What comes immediately to mind are all the bulimic patients I have worked with for whom outwardly there are no visible signs while internally they are destroying their vital organs and digestive system.
For these individuals the only real solution is to follow a suitably adapted therapeutic program and to work with fellow sufferers in a group context.
Food Disorders take the following different forms:
- Bulimia both with and without purging
- Excessive eating, with or without weight gain
- Compulsive dieting