Nutrition in eating disorders
An eating disorder is a mental illness that is associated with a disruption in normal eating patterns. Food begins to take priority in life, causing intrusive thoughts, stress and fears. These are all extremely dangerous behaviours that need to be corrected.
Our weight management centre is staffed by nutritionists and psychologists who specialise in developing nutritional programmes for RPP and functional digestive disorders. We will draw up a personalised nutritional protocol based on:
- examinations and diagnosis (bulimia, anorexia, overeating);
- your eating habits and lifestyle;
- your metabolic rate;
- identified micro and macro nutrient deficiencies;
- hormone panel;
- data from working with a therapist.
The main PPDs and their symptoms
- intense fear of gaining weight against a background of underweight;
- consumption of minimal
- amounts of food;
obsessing about food.
- regular overeating, often in secret;
- taking laxatives, inducing vomiting as ways of controlling weight;
- the dependence of self-esteem on weight.
- excessive food intake;
- loss of self-control during overeating;
- feelings of shame and guilt after each meal.
These conditions may be noticed by relatives and others, but the patient himself almost never recognises the problem. From the outside, the signs of RPP may be obvious, but the person in this state is no longer able to think critically and does not attach importance to it.
In all of the above cases, our nutritionists are ready to help and develop a nutritional strategy that supports the psychotherapeutic treatment of RPP.
What to do in a situation where you have PPD
It is extremely important to build an effective model of work with a nutritionist and a psychologist. Only such a tandem of specialists gives good results.
- The nutritionist analyses the metabolic profile and creates a balanced diet where the patient does not overeat or starve. He maximally balances the deficiencies that have already arisen against the background of RPP.
- The psychotherapist works with the causes that led to the onset of the eating disorder.
The key to success is a certain type of nutrition, the fractionality of meals. It is also important to take into account the presence of chronic diseases to build a diet for RPP.
The earlier you seek qualified help, the more effective the treatment will be!
The symptoms of eating disorders manifest themselves in ways that are difficult to recognise. Family and friends are often the first to notice changes in a person. After therapy with a psychologist is completed, recovery from an eating disorder with a dietitian is necessary.
What are the symptoms
Some warning signs may include:
- obsessive monitoring of weight, calories, and body image;
- restrictions and strict diets with elimination of entire food groups;
- episodes of overeating or feelings of losing control over food;
- self-induced vomiting or inappropriate use of laxatives and
- excessive physical
- isolation and discomfort in social situations where food is present.
Intentional provocation of food coming out of the body requires special attention. Special nutrition in bulimia will help to avoid “attacks”.
How an eating disorder occurs
Eating disorders have a multifactorial origin, that is, they are formed from a complex interaction of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors. There is a hypothetical genetic predisposition, as these pathologies have a hereditary component. However, this is not decisive: environment and life experience play an important role. Possible causes are:
- body and weight criticism;
- child abuse and trauma;
- the imposition of an ideal of grace conveyed by the media;
- activities such as dance and gymnastics that emphasise the need for low weight.
Stressful events (bullying) or significant changes (adolescence) can act as triggers.
How to find out if you have this problem
There are several signs that help to know if a person is suffering from an eating disorder. There are physical changes such as excessive sensitivity to cold, pallor, constant fatigue, hair loss, fainting, amenorrhoea, blisters on joints and dental deterioration in case of frequent vomiting. Behavioural transformations such as eating rituals such as cutting the dish into very small pieces, slowness during meals, avoidance of friendly trips to cafes, elimination or refusal of certain foods are quite common. Patients experience sudden mood swings, lack of interest in social relationships, and difficulty fulfilling commitments. Intuitive eating for anorexia after diagnosis of this disease is an effective option.
Order a nutritional selection
Cost of an initial consultation with Dr Olga Bezugla (without accompaniment) 4000 UAH
Clinic nutritionist (unaccompanied) 3000 UAH
Cost of nutritional support for one month 3000 UAH