Eating disorders are not easy to treat. Before any treatment, the cause has to be determined, and with an eating disorder, that's also not always easy to do.
People with an eating disorder have an unhealthy relationship with food. Depending on the type of eating disorder, they may eat too little or far too much. Many people develop a disorder because of their poor self-image. Research reveals that more women suffer from an eating disorder than do men.
However, eating disorders have been and can be treated with the help of hypnosis. First, let's look at the most common eating disorders that have been treated with hypnosis.
Types of Eating Disorders Treated Using Hypnosis
A person suffering from this eating disorder will ‘binge' on large amounts of food. As a result, they gain weight. Sufferers of a binge eating disorder usually eat secretly and feel shame and guilt for this habit, a habit they feel they can't control.
An individual with bulimia nervosa fears weight gain. However, this fear is also coupled with an uncontrollable urge to binge. After bingeing, a bulimic will then use any means to rid themselves of all the food ingested. For example, by taking laxatives or purging – forced vomiting. This habit of purging is also done in secret. Bulimics are ashamed of their compulsive behavior but they too can't control it.
Sufferers of this eating disorder have extreme eating rituals. They are extremely careful about counting the calories they consume or they'll skip meals to the point of starvation. They usually know exactly how much they need to eat to stay alive or out of intensive care.
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How Hypnosis Can Help
- It helps discover the root cause of the disorder.
Hypnosis is known to help determine the root cause of the eating disorder. A licensed hypnotherapist will make use of relaxation techniques to be able to access the subconscious mind and search for the event(s) that triggered the onset of the eating disorder.
- It helps change negative thought processes.
The hypnotherapist will harness the power of suggestion to make changes in a person's thought processes. Once these negative thought patterns have been improved, the patient's bad eating habits can gradually be transformed. The patient will begin to find themselves making subtle but healthy changes to their daily routine. They will also develop new thoughts and feelings towards food.
- It helps improve self-esteem and their relationship with food.
When a person is under hypnosis, a licensed practitioner will make use of positive suggestions to help change the way they feel about themselves. This leads to an improvement in their self-esteem, which is crucial if they are to overcome an eating disorder. These positive suggestions improve their mental health.
Hypnosis, if included in a treatment plan, will provide a lesser likelihood of relapse, as it helps reprogram the subconscious.
Overcoming a food addiction and any other bad eating habits or disorders through hypnosis may be exactly what the doctor ordered – or should.