Eating Disorders

 

Eating disorders occur when people have problems with eating, food and body image. While it’s common in our society for people to be unhappy with their bodies (therefore they try to manage their weight with diet and exercise), people with eating disorders take these behaviours to the extreme. This interferes with their daily functioning and quality of life.

 

There are 4 categories we focus on at PACE:

 

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) involves an intense fear of gaining weight, which leads to extreme restriction and control of food and an inability to maintain a healthy weight. AN also involves a disturbed body image, where you feel your self-worth is defined entirely or almost entirely by your body image. Often your body image is so distorted that you see yourself as overweight even when you are dangerously underweight.

 

Bulimia Nervosa (BN) involves repeated episodes of binge eating followed by attempts to compensate for those episodes by vomiting, misusing laxatives, fasting or exercising excessively. When you binge, you eat a very large amount of food over a short period of time and feel out of control. Like anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia tend to define their self-worth by the way they look.

 

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterised by regular episodes of binge eating, but without the attempt to compensate, therefore many people with BED are overweight.

 

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) refers to disordered eating that doesn’t quite fit in to the criteria for Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Many of the symptoms will be present, but not all of them.

 

All 4 of these eating disorders can have a significant impact on your physical health, your emotional wellbeing, your relationships and daily activities.

 

But, it is possible to recover from an eating disorder. With the right treatment and support, you can go on to live a full and rewarding life…..

 

And here’s how our PACE team can help:

 

 

Information

 

We can tell you more about eating disorders and the different treatment options and supports that are available. We can also refer you to a treatment provider or support service that’s in your area. You can phone one of our friendly PACE team members on 1800 809 304 or email us anytime at pace@centacare.org.au.

 

 

Support groups

 

We currently run two support groups at Payneham: the Eating Disorders Recovery Support Group AND the Binge Eating Recovery Support Group.

 

We will also be starting a new Eating Disorders Recovery Support Group at Morphett Vale in May.

 

Eating disorders can be very isolating, especially when your family and friends don’t understand what you’re going through and just want you to eat or stop bingeing.

 

At our groups, you’ll meet people who do understand what you’re going through, without judgement. You’ll find out more about eating disorders, especially the strategies that may help you recover. There is no pressure to be or do anything you don’t want to do, and although we can tell you about treatment options, we certainly won’t be pushing them on you.

 

Our support groups are co-facilitated by a Peer Support Worker with a lived experience of eating disorders so they really do understand what it’s all about. If you would like to find out more about the groups, why not visit our Recovery Groups page.

 

 

One-on-one support

 

Our friendly PACE team offers brief one-on-one support. We can chat to you on the phone or you can meet with us at any of our Centacare offices. We generally provide up to 6 free one-on-one sessions, but this is flexible depending on your needs.

 

The first step is to give us a call and we can arrange a time to meet. Call 1800 809 304 or send us an email at pace@centacare.org.au.  

 


 

Useful links

 

http://www.nedc.com.au/eating-disorders-explained

 

https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/facts-and-guides/eating-disorders