Worried about anorexia/bulimia?
Anorexia/bulimia is a problem for many of us!
- Read Jade’s story. Does it sound familiar to you?
- Has anorexia/bulimia affected your life or someone you know and care for?
- Has anorexia/bulimia separated you or someone you’ve known, from a richer more fulfilling life?
Fortunately, people have found new ways to think about anorexia/bulimia that are very helpful. Many women have found that asking questions about anorexia/bulimia, of themselves and others, is a good beginning to undermining this insidious problem.
Beginning Questions to Ask about anorexia/bulimia:
- Has the problem of anorexia/bulimia in any way taken things from your life that you value?
- In what ways has the problem of anorexia/bulimia affected your relationship with yourself, friends, family, and so on?
- Who or what persuaded you into thinking that an anorexic/bulimic lifestyle is the best life possible?
- Who or what do you think persuades other young women’s minds into this harsh way of living?
- If you could wager a prediction, what kind of a future does this life with anorexia/bulimia hold for you?
- What advice do you have for therapists and other professionals who find themselves at a loss on how to best help people go free of anorexia/bulimia?
- Has your comeback to your own life been inspiring for other women?
The Anti-anorexia Anti- Bulimia League
The Anti-anorexia Anti- Bulimia League was formed by an international group of women and men, mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, partners and professionals, who have all -in some way – been effected by the problem of disordered eating.
The workshops they offer on planet-therapy.com are fresh, hopeful and full of solutions.
Many of the incredible voices you will be hearing on the audio tapes have at one time been hospitalized because anorexia or bulimia. They give us an up close look into their personal solutions and strategies that have helped them get free of disordered eating. Don’t miss this!
New audio workshops are added on a regular basis. Please check back regularly to see what’s new.
Planet-Therapy Disordered Eating Workshops
For many years the topic of a “binge” was linked directly to binge drinking. However, more and more the issue of a binge is linked to eating – binge-eating. Many people will use the term binge to describe a particular episode of over eating during a specific evening out or a large meal; made a slip on a diet plan; or to describe there eating activities while on a holiday.
What will be described in this section of planet-therapy signifies a much larger problem.
Binge-eating can be described as a complete lack of eating control whereby the person experiences that they can not stop their eating.
A binge is eating within a short period of time (roughly two hours) an amount of food that is of a significant quantity and that the majority of other people would not, and could not eat, in the same period of time.
It is the persons inability to control the eating that seperates them from others who merely just occasionally over eat.
People who are involved in binge eating do not take measures to throw up their food as a person who struggles with bulimia might. In fact a common misconception is that binge eaters are all overweight.
Only about half of people taken over by binge eating are overweight. However, some binge eaters have reported that they have taken-or plan to take-extreme measures to reduce their weight by way of surgeries such as stomach stapling and liposuction.
The affects of binge eating seems to transcend age, culture, gender and class. Unlike other disordered eating problems like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is more evenly distributed among men and women, between young an old, between rich and poor and between people of colour and caucasions.
Central to binge-eating is the feeling of not being in control. Many people in my therapy groups describe an anxious period of time prior to the advent of the binge. They describe how their “thoughts are taken over” by a compelling need for food.
Some people plan their binges ahead of time and other say that it just “sneaks up on them.”Read More
In the battle against anorexia/bulimia, individuals, the community and social institutions, are either anorexia/bulimia-supporting or fighting against anorexia/bulimia – there is no middle ground.Read More