A leading provider of eating disorder treatment in London
Set in a striking Grade II listed building in London, Priory Hospital Roehampton has been providing world class treatment for a range of mental health conditions since it first opened its doors in 1872. As part of Roehampton’s extensive range of high quality mental health services, our expert multidisciplinary team are able to deliver established, specialised outpatient treatment for eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED) and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), which may also be known as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’.
Without effective treatment, eating disorders can have an incredibly destructive impact on your physical and mental health, your relationships with others, and your overall quality of life. If you think that you or someone that you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone, and the faster you seek help and treatment, the more likely you are to successfully overcome your eating disorder.
Our team of highly qualified, London-based professionals have extensive clinical experience in treating a range of eating disorders, are able to offer dietetic input and medical assessment where required, and can deliver a broad array of therapy options, all tailored to your individual requirements.
At Roehampton, we are able to provide a specialised enhanced outpatient eating disorder programme. Our team are committed to placing you at the heart of treatment, within a compassionate and supportive environment; we spend time exploring your individual concerns and experiences, as well as your medical history, which means that we can deliver a truly bespoke treatment journey, resulting in the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.
What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that cause severe disruptions in an individual’s eating habits and an obsession with body shape, calorie intake and weight. People with eating disorders usually become preoccupied with controlling their weight which often causes them to make unhealthy choices about the type and amount of food that they consume. These dysfunctional eating behaviours not only have a devastating impact on an individual’s psychological wellbeing, but can also result in a wide range of long-term physical problems, and can even be fatal.
What eating disorders are treated at Roehampton?
Our London-based eating disorder experts are able to treat all of the most common forms of eating disorder, as well as eating disorders that are more atypical in nature. These include:
Anorexia nervosa – people with anorexia typically have an obsession with being thin, a distorted body image (often thinking that they are fat when they are not), and an overwhelming fear of putting on weight. Anorexia causes people to become fixated on keeping their weight as low as possible, with sufferers achieving this by starving themselves, exercising excessively, and making themselves vomit after eating in order to rid their bodies of the calories that they have consumed. People with anorexia are typically very underweight, which can cause a whole host of additional physical problems.
Anorexia is most common in young women between the ages of 14 and 25 years old. However, it is important to recognise that anorexia can develop in anyone, despite their age, gender or background.
Bulimia nervosa - people with bulimia typically go through periods of excessive eating (known as binge eating), during which they can eat up to three or four times the usual amount of food. Binge eating is then followed by periods of ‘purging’ in which they make themselves vomit or take laxatives in order to remove calories from their bodies. These binge-purge cycles are often triggered by hunger, anxiety or stress, and because the cycles don’t result in significant changes in an individual’s weight, people with bulimia often appear to be a ‘normal’ size which can make this eating disorder very difficult to spot.
Bulimia can affect men and women of any age, but it is more common amongst girls and women between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.
BED – people with BED frequently binge eat, even when they aren’t hungry. Unlike bulimia, BED sufferers don’t demonstrate any purging behaviours such as taking laxatives or making themselves vomit. Therefore, the constant binge eating that is associated with BED can cause people to become obese and suffer from other associated complications.
Research indicates that BED affects both men and women equally, and has been found to be more common between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.
OSFED – OSFED, also known as ‘atypical eating disorders’, have features that are very similar to anorexia, bulimia and BED but do not meet the exact requirements that are needed in order to be formally diagnosed with one of these conditions. An individual may have OSFED if they display the following:
- Having a low weight but one which is slightly above the weight threshold for a diagnosis of anorexia
- Infrequent binge eating and purging
- Having an obsession with their weight and body shape, but no other symptoms
- Being extremely underweight as a woman, but menstruation (periods) still take place
Many people who have OFSED have experienced anorexia, bulimia or BED in the past, or may go on to be diagnosed with one of these conditions in the future.
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