CÚNAMH EATING DISORDER PROJECT ( ages 12 – 18)
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are characterized by severe distress and concern about body weight and shape, and a disturbance in eating patterns, thoughts and behaviours. Contrary to what most people believe, eating disorders aren’t just about food. They are often a symptom of underlying issues. People with eating disorders generally suffer from low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. They use food as a coping mechanism to deal with difficult or painful emotions. Controlling food can help them feel more in control when everything else feels over-whelming or out of control. Eating Disorders can be characterized into four main disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).
Eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness – one in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely from the physical consequences or suicide. Eating disorders are complex and there is no one single reason why someone develops an eating disorder.
Like most illnesses, early intervention and early onset treatment is crucial for long term successful recovery. Not only do Eating Disorders have a physical and emotional effect, they disrupt crucial stages of young people’s development, resulting in loss of education, social support and overall quality of life.
What to do and Where to get help
Cúnamh offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-e) and a Counselling Service for people with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and EDNOS. We also provide support and guidance to families and/or carers.
If you are worried that you may have an Eating Disorder, or you are concerned about a friend or family member, it is essential that you talk to someone, as soon as possible. Seek support from your G.P. or call Cúnamh