I have been working with eating disorders for many years, both on a one to one basis
and as head of treatment in an addiction treatment facility (re-hab)
I believe that eating disorders are part of the addictive spectrum, with sugar being
the offending problem ( as well as being the most addictive substance on the planet)
A study at the university of Bordeaux found that rats would prefer intense sweetness
Eating disorders fall into three basic (and very interchangeable) categories.
Overeating, Anorexia (under eating) and Bulimia (making yourself sick after eating)
For overeating the solution can be quite simple, but not rushed, as reducing food
drastically can lead to the person tipping into anorexic behaviour.
Most people think that anorexia is a behaviour around food. It is not. Anorexia can
apply to food, to sex, to relationships and to money etc.
In all cases it is an attempt to be in control.
Anorexia around food is just about the most difficult addiction to deal with as it
means letting go of control.
Bulimia (making yourself vomit after eating) is one of the most dangerous forms of
eating disorder as it means we loose electrolytes each time we vomit. This upsets
the delicate chemical balance of our bodies and can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Regardless of the presenting issue, in all cases abstinence is needed. This means
: three meals per day, no sugar and no White flour.
Sugar and white flour are both refined carbohydrate and have a triggering effect
on our system, just as alcohol triggers an alcoholic. It sets up a need and craving,
followed by using, followed by guilt shame and remorse, followed by more using etc.
Treatment is very successful IF the patient is willing.