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1 0910 What is an Eating Disorder

1 0910 What is an Eating Disorder

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Psychotherapy 
Research
Training
CC
I
entre forlinicalnterventions
Module 1: What is an Eating Disorder?
Overcoming
Disordered Eating
Overcoming Disordered Eating
Welcome! 
Information Pack A
 
Welcome to the CCI Information Packs on Overcoming Disordered Eating. If you’re reading this, it’s likelythat you’re interested in tackling problems to do with controlling your eating, weight or shape. These twoInformation Packs are designed for you.Each Pack is organised into modules and includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises oractivities. We recommend that you complete the Information Packs (and their modules) in sequence,finishing Pack A before moving on to Pack B.
 
Pack A (Take Charge…Initiate Change)
 
provides information about disordered eating and offersstrategies to help you start changing the
behaviours
associated with your disordered eating and weightcontrol habits.
 
Pack B (In Charge…Mindset Matters)
 
offers you strategies to change your disordered
thoughts
abouteating and weight control.We want to extend a warm welcome to you on this journey towards learning and changing. It’s important toknow that overcoming disordered eating may take some time, especially if you’ve had your problems forseveral years. Be patient - this isn’t a race! It’s better to work through the modules thoroughly and keeppracticing the strategies we introduce, until you feel confident and ready to tackle another problematicaspect of your eating and weight control habits. This way you’ll be able to consolidate your changes.Remind yourself not to give up, but to keep going. Persevere and keep at it!
 
 
The information provided in this document is for information purposes only. Please refer to the full disclaimer andcopyright statement available at http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au regarding the information on this website beforemaking use of such information.
 
 
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Psychotherapy 
Research
Training
CC
I
entre forlinicalnterventions
Module 1: What is an Eating Disorder?
Overcoming
Disordered Eating
Overcoming Disordered Eating
Information Pack A 
Take Charge … Initiate Change 
Module 1
What is Disordered Eating?
 
Introduction 3What is an Eating Disorder? 3Anorexia Nervosa 4Bulimia Nervosa 5Atypical Eating Disorders 5Impact of Eating Disorders 6The Role of Diets and Dieting 8Do I have an Eating Disorder? 9Weight: What is a Healthy Weight and what is BMI? 9What you can expect from this Information Pack 11Module Summary 12About This Module 13This is the first module of Information Pack A, which provides information about disordered eating and offersstrategies to help you start changing the
behaviours
associated with your disordered eating and weight controlhabits. We suggest you read through all the modules of this Information Pack, in order, before embarking onchange.
If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, asthere are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.If you use any extreme weight control behaviours – even rarely – you should also see your General Practitioner for afull medical check-up, as your health might be compromised. Such extreme measures include:
 
extreme food restriction/fasting (and/or rapid weight loss)
 
purging (self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics)
 
extreme exercise
 
 
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Psychotherapy 
Research
Training
CC
I
entre forlinicalnterventions
Module 1: What is an Eating Disorder?
Overcoming
Disordered Eating
Introduction
Welcome to the CCI information Pack A on Overcoming Disordered Eating. In the modules of thisInformation Pack we will introduce you to some important information about disturbed eating and weightcontrol behaviours. We will help you identify whether you have disordered eating or if you might have afull-blown eating disorder. You will then be in a position to decide whether you might benefit from theseInformation Packs – or if you might need to seek professional help, either as an adjunct to reading thesemodules or instead of it.
We recommend that you read the modules in order from 1-10. Please make sure you complete this module beforeproceeding to Module 2, and Information Pack A before progressing to Information Pack B.
We also suggest thatyou read through all of the modules of this Information Pack before deciding whether you want to changeand before answering the questions. It’s important for you to be fully informed and to know what you’reletting yourself in for! It takes a huge commitment to change, and it helps to see the bigger picture beforeembarking on your journey towards healthier eating habits and weight control behaviours.A full-blown eating disorder develops from disordered eating and/or weight control behaviours. Once aneating disorder develops, it can easily become entrenched and difficult to change. Therefore, if you havemildly disturbed eating patterns, it makes sense to work on improving them. These Information Packs havebeen designed for people like you, but might also be of help to people with more serious eating behaviours.There are many myths and mysteries around the subject of eating disorders. In this module, we willexamine what an eating disorder is and explore the impact that an eating disorder can have on a person’slife. We will help you identify the level of your disordered eating.
 
We will also outline an approach to helpkeep you get on track with healthy eating habits. Our intention is to help you stop any disordered eatinghabits and weight control behaviours, and develop a healthy eating plan to stabilise your weight within arange that you find acceptable – and maintain those habits for the rest of your life. How does that sound?
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are characterised by two key features:
disturbed eating habits
and
disturbed weight control 
 
behaviours
. Disturbed eating habits can include restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupationwith food, binge eating and altered mealtime behaviours. Disturbed weight control behaviours may involveexcessive exercise, vomiting, or the misuse of laxatives or diuretics (pills to reduce water retention). Theseeating habits and behaviours are termed ‘disturbed’ when they become harmful through extreme use.For example, many people (especially girls and women) go on diets and restrict their foodintake. This dieting only becomes ‘disturbed’ when dietary rules become so strict that dailyfood consumption is inadequate for health, either through being insufficient or nutritionallyunbalanced. Likewise, moderate exercise is a healthy behaviour. However, exercisebehaviour becomes ‘disturbed’ when it is too frequent, obsessive, driven, or used forextreme weight control so that it interferes with other aspects of a person’s life. If someone is exercising excessively, they will feel upset if they are prevented from exercisingand will continue exercising despite injuries or bad weather. They may also prioritise theirexercise regimen over having fun or spending time with others.It is also important to realise that people with eating disorders have a high chance of experiencing physicaland medical complications. The most serious problems are related to impaired functioning of the heart.Disordered eating and/or weight control behaviours may lead to a heart attack, coma or death. Therefore,if you have concerns that you or someone close to you has an eating disorder, it is important to take theissue seriously, and to seek medical advice. These matters will be discussed further on pages 6 – 7.

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