Susan Gale Hypnotherapy
Beltain Consultancy

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An eating disorder is not your fault!

An eating disorder is not your fault!

It’s not usually the case that a person sets out to develop an eating disorder. So why should you be made to feel guilty? What you need is constructive help to get it sorted once and for all whether the problem is eating too little or too much.

Why diets don't work.

Well they do for some people - mainly those with only a slight problem because of a recent cause. Many people reduce weight on a diet, but then put it back on (and more) as soon as they resume “normal” eating.

For others, diets actually have the opposite effect than was intended, causing even more self-destructive behaviour as we rebel against the rules. In many cases too, the over- or under-weight problem can be the result of emotional difficulties and therefore the condition persists, whatever we do or don’t eat.

What about disorders like anorexia and bulimia?

When there is strong cultural pressure to conform to an idea, often distorted by fashion, of what is a “right” body shape, food can be viewed as an enemy. But at the same time the body needs nourishment.

No wonder psychological conflicts arise. Because this sort of eating disorder can develop gradually over a period, it can already be too much for us to deal with ourselves by the time we realise there is a problem.

Why should eating be a problem?

After all, it’s something we all do, often several times a day. With so much practice we ought to know better what food we need and how much or how little. So why don’t we?

There can be many reasons why eating gets out of control and develops into an eating disorder. Sometimes we are taught to have a problem: “Think of the starving in Africa - don’t waste food, eat it all up.” This sort of conditioning, especially if strongly reinforced at an early age, can cause problems with overeating in later life.

Even when we think we rebelled against it, the lesson can have gone home at a subconscious level. Then it is very difficult for our conscious, thinking mind to change the ingrained behaviour pattern - to break the bad habits.

Or maybe food was used as a reward - especially sweet things: “Be good and you can have a cake.” If this sort of thing is the underlying cause of your problem, it can be really difficult for you to break the pattern by yourself.

Your subconscious mind is much stronger than the conscious so once wrong ideas have taken root below the surface it can be very difficult (or even impossible) to make lasting changes for yourself.

So what can be done about eating disorders?

An experienced hypnotherapist, Susan Gale can get to the heart of the problem and deal with the underlying cause of your eating disorder, whatever it is. She understands how outside factors can push you into having an eating problem, so that you feel helpless to solve it on your own. She will help you break out of the vicious circle of old negative behaviour patterns.

As you feel better about yourself, your behaviour will change for the better. As your behaviour changes for the better, so you feel better about yourself. This positive reinforcement, together with a natural reduction in general stress levels and improved self-confidence and self-assurance makes it much easier to clear your eating disorder.