Essay on Different Types of Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are not only detrimental to someone’s physical health, but it affects the person’s psychological well-being. Individuals with these mental illnesses go to extremes when dealing with their weight or food intake. Although it is mostly common in women, men also struggle with an eating disorder, whether its anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by extreme thinness, which is mostly accomplished by an individual through self-starvation. Bulimia nervosa is another life-threatening disorder where the individual have a constant period of bingeing and to compensate for this excess in food intake. The person may purge or use another form of method in …show more content…
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the best treatments for individuals who have binge-eating disorders, but it does not help with weight loss, for that reason, the researchers decided to use behavioral weight loss as well, which it was found to be effective for weight loss (Grilo, et al., 2011). According to Waller, Evans, & Pugh (2013), the first step in treating both anorexia and bulimia nervosa when using evidence-based Cognitive-behavioral therapy is to use exposure to change the motivation around the anxiety the patient has, which they stated is the key “block” for patients to engage in change. A “limitation that needs to be addressed is that this approach, when used alone, may end up perpetuating the intellectualization of the disorder and may inadvertently avoid the exploration of emotions” (Matto, 1994).
Dance/ Movement therapy is a form of expressive psychotherapy that focuses on the inner state of an individual by using body language to communicate and has been called the healing through movement. Since both the mind and the body are interrelated in this form of therapy, patients will not only increase their self-awareness but will also have a connection with ones body. It has been shown that using dance movement therapy decreases psychological distress, bodily distress, and increased self-esteem
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