Eating Issues

Eating Issues

At Bendigo Psychology we have seen adults, teens and children with different sorts of issues around food, weight or eating. Some of our clients have had diagnosable eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Others have difficulty with being over-weight. Still others have problems about being finicky or fussy about food – its shape, texture, colour or taste – and significantly limit their intake or lead to concerning behaviour.

Eating disorders involve disturbed patterns of eating or exercise that interrupt their health physically, psychologically and socially. Restricting food, over exercising, vomiting or over use of laxatives can be associated with eating disorders and can cause a number of very unhealthy problems.

Usually, those with eating disorders can get into a vicious cycle of restricting, feeling starved, binging and then exercising or purging and then promising themself to restrict again. The thoughts and ideas that go with the cycle can get stronger and stronger. A psychologist can help someone to feel more in control and try to avoid the cycle of thoughts and behaviours that can perpetuate the problem.

Clinicians can also work in conjunction with other health professionals to ensure that the person’s all round health is being monitored.

For people who struggle with being over-weight, there can be some patterns of behaviour and patterns of thinking that can contribute to the problem. A clinician can help a person determine the patterns and take steps to think and behave in healthier ways.

Other problems with eating can be due to patterns around food. Some people, especially little people, can be very sensitive to the way food stuffs feel, taste or look. Other times, they may be sensitive to how others are acting at meal time. Clinicians can assist when there are behavioural issues around food that affect the smooth running of your home.