Disordered Eating

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Disordered Eating- taking a collaborative approach

The most common form of disordered eating is dieting.  While dieting is normalised in our society, with an emphasis placed on thinness, dieting is not normally seen as disordered eating.


Evolving Minds Counselling recognise diet culture,  promotes an ideal body shape and size that does not exist.  This in itself creates and expectation which is unable to be realised and feelings of worthlesness and shame. 


Disordered eating can include:

  • skipping meals

  • dieting

  • eating compulsively

  • using laxatives or diuretics

  • using supplements such as steroid or creatinine

  • restricting certain food groups

  • binge eating

  • vomiting


Disordered eating can also mimic the symptoms of binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa and may be used to compensate for difficult emotions and stressful situations. 

One of the most common forms of disordered eating is dieting, with research indicating the majority of people who diet regain weight lost.  Mostly this is due to diets not taking into account people's individual needs or lifestyles and of unrealistic expectations long-term.

Risk associated with disordered eating include:

  • osteporosis

  • tiredness and loss of concentration

  • headaches

  • insomnia

  • muscle cramps

  • weight gain

  • diabetes

  • development of an eating disorder

Evolving Minds Counselling takes a collaborative approach when working with disordered eating by providing targeted mental health counselling.  We feel as clinicians it is important to provide a well-balanced approach and this is why we work collaboratively with GPs, Psychiatrists and Dieticians.

If you would like to know more or wish to book an appointment with one of our child psychologist, adult psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist at Evolving Minds Counselling, you can do so by calling (02) 8519 4197 or by clicking on the button below to access our online booking form.  We are also NDIS Providers.