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Disordered Eating in Teens

When comfort eating becomes uncomfortable

Most young people comfort eat at some point, we all do, because food feels nice and when we eat, neurochemicals like dopamine are released into the bloodstream, making us feel good. It’s absolutely normal to comfort eat from time to time.

It does become important, however, to distinguish between patterns of comfort and/or emotional over-eating from a more disordered way of eating, called binge eating disorder.

One in Fifty with Binge Eating Disorder

Obesity has been steadily rising in children and adults in recent decades and over-consumption, unregulated eating as well as binge eating disorder are all factors. One in fifty people have binge-eating disorder – a mental health difficulty, not a dietary choice. Young people with this condition often find it very difficult to tell anyone about it, and don’t seek help early enough.

People who binge eat describe feelings of numbness, being zoned-out or sometimes not remembering what happened during a binge. BED can be seen as a coping strategy for other difficult-to-manage problems. Asking for help, and exploring other more healthful coping strategies, are important ways to improve mental health and avoid problems like obesity, depression and social isolation in adult life.

Early help for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are serious mental health conditions; a complex mix of patterns of thinking, beliefs, experiences, inheritance, control and over-evaluation of appearance are all key features of eating disorders. Early intervention is always the best approach, giving young people opportunities to work with change. I offer nutritional assessment, meal planning, supplementation, food, neuro-biology and physiology education and food-related behaviour change within the spectrum of disordered eating and eating disorder in teens.

Working with food-related behaviour change takes time and commitment, and a range of supports are needed, with psychological and/or family support essential. Early help is critical pre-puberty in order to avoid the growth stunting, poor bone mineralisation and infertility that can result. Carine has recognised advanced dietetic training in eating disorders, and offers early assessment, dietary treatment for young people who are stable and motivated to work towards recovery.

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