The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (usually called simply “anorexia” and “bulimia”). But other food-related disorders, like binge eating, body image disorders, and food phobias, are becoming more and more common. Emotional eating becomes habit or addiction, affected people feel out of control. They feel great distress over these behaviours and about their weight. Yet, they can’t seem to stop what they’re doing. They have distorted attitudes about eating, shape, and weight. Very often emotional eating comes in pair with yo-yo dieting, and with each cycle it becomes worse. The emotional eating is usually accompanied by depression and low confidence, and this is addressed and solved by hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help individuals suffering from eating disorders. Hypnosis is used to identify the root cause of the problem so that the emotional aspect can be dealt with. Negative behaviour patterns can be looked at and more positive habits can be learnt.
Hypnotherapy can help to improve self confidence and self image so that the individual is able to view themselves differently. Hypnotherapy is the best at solving the underlying emotional cause which leads to eating disorder. Here the hypnoanalytical techniques can help to identify and solve the problem. Once the underlying feelings are solved, the awareness techniques may be used to understand the eating behavior and the triggering pattern. Then the client finds and implements new ways to deal with the triggering situations and emotions. This is much easier done in highly suggestible hypnotic state than in any other therapy. The client learns the healthy eating habits, he/she is not obsessed by food and weight any more.
Like any disorder, the longer an individual suffers with it, the worse it usually becomes. Those with eating disorders are likely to hide their problem from others and often find it difficult to recognise that they have a problem that requires help. The first step is therefore to recognise the problem. Counselling and psychotherapy are often methods used to help deal with the psychological effects of eating disorders, and sometimes medication is prescribed.