Eating and Body Image Disorders
In our society food is plentiful and advertising encourages us to eat and enjoy. Yet, at the same time we are bombarded with images of 'ideally thin' or muscular body shapes. As such, worries about weight and body shape are very common in both males and females. Many people put off or entirely avoid important life activities such as dating; travel; new jobs or experiences, thinking that they can only do it 'when I lose weight'.
Most people in our society know a great deal about nutrition, healthy eating and healthy portion sizes. Yet, for some people this knowledge and years of dieting has not given them control over their eating habits. They report emotional eating; habitual over or under-eating; fear of fat and food; unrealistic self-imposed dietary and exercise rules; intense self-criticism around their body and eating and deep feelings of shame and guilt. This is where psychology can help.
Psychological therapy will help you change your beliefs about food and your body image; it will increase your self esteem; stop emotional eating and excessive preoccupation with food and exercise; and lose or gain weight according to your healthy goals.