Due to the complexity of eating disorders and the various forms it can take, diagnosis is not necessarily a simple (or even useful) process. Subsequently, an appropriate treatment plan for any given individual, will naturally differ depending on the symptoms and behaviours displayed.
Obesity is far easier to diagnose, and for the the vast majority of cases can be reasonably assessed by using an age-adjusted Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. Although some obese people do suffer from Eating Disorders, the treatment plan for Obesity differs from those with Eating Disorders. That said, there are overlaps. These commonalities include:
- An initial assessment stage where many ideas such as the symptoms, behaviours, lifestyle, motivations and the history of your relationship with food can be explored. It is a crucial process where in addition to discovering any potential Eating Disorders you might have, other potential physical or psychological risk factors can be identified.
- Engagement. Not the type to do with marriage, but refers to the process where the individual in treatment achieves full ownership of their journey towards recovery.
- The Therapeutic process. As mentioned above, the focus of this process will differ between individuals, diagnoses and situations. It will however involve a variety of discussions, experiments, challenges, exercises and skills that leverage one’s habits and resources to work towards an individuals’ goals.
The points above are by no means an exhaustive list of the similarities or stages in which one might engage during Eating Disorder or Obesity therapy, but are there to give you a flavour of what you can expect if you take those first steps towards change.