Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are the two main eating disorders. People with anorexia have extreme weight loss as a result of very strict dieting. Some people may also make themselves sick, abuse laxatives or do excessive exercise to try and lose weight. In spite of this extreme weight loss, people with anorexia believe they are fat and are terrified of becoming what is in fact a normal weight or shape. Anorexia nervosa most commonly starts in the mid-teens. It is much more common in girls (16).
What are the signs?
You find that you worry more and more about your weight, eat less and less, exercise more and more, to burn off calories; can't stop losing weight, even when you are well below a safe weight for your age and height; smoke more or chew gum to keep your weight down height; lose interest in sex (16). You may also develop some of the symptoms of bulimia. Unlike someone with Bulimia Nervosa, your weight may continue to be very low (16).
In both anorexia nervosa and bulimia, self-help strategies can be very helpful. If this approach does not work, health professionals may suggest a course of psychotherapy. The long-term aim will be to help that person change their attitude, behaviour and ways of thinking, and enable them to cope with the strains of life without the illness as a protection (16).
Counselling and psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.