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Eating disorders


There are many different kinds of eating disorders. Some may be connected to a substance addiction, whilst others may have more in-depth deeply rooted origins, which may stay with you after you have been treated for your addiction. Whichever eating disorder you suffer from, we at Rehab Guide can offer the ideal bespoke treatment programme, providing the finest care possible to meet your nutritional, medical and psychological needs.


If you or someone close to you is battling an eating disorder, examining the root cause is critical. Some say an eating disorder may be connected to a loss of control around food or a false belief system. It is widely believed that eating disorders generally first emerge in the teenage years and mostly  affect young people, but this is not always the case. In some instances, it can be a matter of self-neglect, which can be rectified by choosing a healthy eating plan. However if the eating disorder proves to be the after effect of a substance abuse problem, then this must be the basis of your treatment.


Rehab Guide has the knowledge and skills to treat most eating disorders. However, be assured that a client’s health is always top priority so if you are suffering from an eating disorder, you will have a complete health and psychological assessment before beginning your treatment programme.   Should a person’s body mass index fall beneath a certain point though, we advise more intensive medical or hospital care.


Common manifestations of disordered eating


When diagnosing an eating disorder we must examine a person’s symptoms.  This is a run-down of the more commonly suffered eating disorders and their main symptoms: –



Food restriction


Excessive exercise

Laxative abuse

Deceit around the amount of food being consumed

A feeling of euphoria and elation directly linked to food restriction and weight loss

Slimming tablet or appetite suppressant substance addiction

Distorted body image

Excessive weighing of oneself

Obsession with food, calorie content and diets

Feelings of guilt and shame around food eaten and weight gain

Low self-esteem and self-worth


Purging through laxative abuse, excessive exercise, vomiting, or starvation

Consuming vast quantities of food within one sitting (binging)

Average BMI, although this can vary depending on the extent the illness is present

Eating in secrecy

Addiction to sugar or salt based foods

Obsession with food, calorie content and diets

Feeling of calm and restoration after purging

Feeling of numbed emotions and euphoria whilst binging

Over Eating / Binging

Consuming vast quantities of food in one sitting

Higher than average BMI

Constant grazing on food in between meals

Craving for high fat/ high sugar foods


The above is by no means a definitive rundown on how to diagnose an eating disorder, as a person can suffer from more than one symptom, or display the traits of another. The treatment afforded will be centred on the symptoms the client suffers from, but this is only one aspect of the treatment.


We shall incorporate intensive therapies focussing on the psychological, social, and spiritual considerations in our full treatment plan.

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