Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are characterized by an abnormal attitude to food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. If you’re suffering from an eating disorder, you might find yourself focusing on your weight excessively, making unhealthy choices around food, over-exercising or using other behaviours like purging to control your weight. Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions. If you suspect you might be suffering from one, it’s important you get the right treatment as soon as possible.

What are the different Types of Eating Disorders?

The most common ones are:

  • Anorexia nervosa: when a person tries to keep their weight as low as possible, often by excessively restricting their eating and/or excessively exercising.
  • Bulimia: when a person goes through periods of binge eating and is then deliberately sick or uses laxatives to control their weight.
  • Binge eating disorder: when a person eats large amounts of food in a short timeframe.

Some people might be diagnosed with an eating disorder that has a mixed presentation of these symptoms which is referred to as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).

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The most common symptoms of an eating disorder are:

  • Negative perception of your own body
  • Constant weighing yourself
  • Dissatisfaction with body parts
  • Food restriction
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Need for perfection
  • Purging
  • Fear of being fat
  • Excess eating


When should I get help for an eating disorder?

You should seek help if you find yourself getting preoccupied about your weight/body image, engaging in behaviours which involve restricting your eating or your symptoms are interfering with your daily life.

Which treatments are most effective for eating disorders?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) tend to be the most effective therapeutic approaches for eating disorders.

How do I know I’m suffering from an eating disorder as opposed to being just particular about my eating?

You are more likely to have difficulties at a clinical level when the severity of your symptoms – and how much you observe yourself to be managing your eating – is different to the people around you. If you’re suffering from an eating disorder, your eating habits may be impacting your relationships and you may be engaging in behaviours that are not in the best interest of your health and wellbeing.


At Nova Psychology, we understand that eating disorders are complex challenges that require personalized and compassionate support. Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to guiding individuals on a journey towards recovery and a healthier relationship with food. Through evidence-based approaches and tailored interventions, we address the underlying emotional and psychological factors contributing to eating disorders. We provide a safe and judgment-free space where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings, develop coping strategies, and foster a positive self-image. Whether it’s overcoming restrictive eating patterns, emotional eating, or body image concerns, Nova Psychology is committed to empowering individuals to achieve lasting healing and well-being.