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A leading provider of eating disorder treatment in Woking, Surrey

Located in Chobham, Surrey, Priory Hospital Woking is a highly respected mental health treatment and rehabilitation centre, providing evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions and eating disorders. Our exceptional team are able to deliver specialist eating disorder treatment for the following eating disorders:

The team at Woking possess extensive clinical experience in treating these complex conditions, and have the expertise to deliver a diverse range of therapeutic techniques, as well as dietetic input, as part of a bespoke and recovery-focused package of care. Our eating disorder psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses and other eating disorder specialists are dedicated to placing you at the heart of your treatment journey and ensure that you are involved in all decisions that are made about your care, in order to foster the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.

Without timely, professional support, eating disorders can have a profoundly negative impact on multiple areas of your life including your ability to function, your relationships with others, as well as your general mental and physical health. If you think that you or someone that you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to know that you don’t have to suffer on your own; expert treatment is available, and the quicker you seek help, the more likely you are to successfully overcome your eating disorder.

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are severe mental health conditions that are characterised by individuals developing a destructive relationship with food, as well as distorted perceptions of their body shape and weight, which results in them engaging in unhealthy eating habits. People with eating disorders typically become obsessed with controlling their weight and calorie consumption, and may engage in a range of damaging behaviours in order to achieve this. The harmful behaviours that are associated with eating disorders can have a hugely detrimental impact on an individual’s psychological health as well as causing a whole host of devastating long-term physical problems.

What eating disorders are treated at Woking?

Our highly skilled eating disorder specialists are able to provide expert treatment for all of the most common types of eating disorder, as well as those that are more atypical in nature. These include:

Anorexia nervosa – anorexia causes individuals to develop an overwhelming obsession with being as thin as possible, an irrational fear of putting on weight, and a dramatically distorted body image which results in sufferers believing that they are fat when they are not.Because people with anorexia want to keep their weight as low as possible, they typically engage in a range of unhealthy behaviours to try and achieve this, including starving themselves, exercising in an excessive manner, and making themselves sick after eating.

Anorexia is most common in young females between the ages of 14 and 25 years old. However, it is important to recognise that anyone can develop anorexia, despite their age, gender or background.

Bulimia nervosa - people with bulimia usually engage in periods of overeating (known as binge eating), followed by episodes of ‘purging’ in which they try to remove calories from their body via harmful methods such as making themselves vomit, abusing laxatives or exercising excessively. These binge-purge cycles are often triggered by hunger or anxiety, and because the cycles don’t result in large weight fluctuations, people with bulimia often appear to be a ‘normal’ weight which can make this eating disorder very difficult to identify.

Bulimia can affect males and females of any age, but it is more common amongst girls and women between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.

BED – BED causes people to regularly binge eat, with sufferers often eating up to three or four times the normal amount of food, even when they aren’t hungry. However, unlike bulimia, individuals struggling with BED don’t engage in any purging behaviours following their bingeing episodes, and as such, the constant overeating that is associated with BED can cause people to become obese and develop other associated complications. Binges are often planned in advance, and the food that is consumed is often be what one might call ‘unhealthy’ and is eaten in secret. Whilst individuals may feel ‘better’ after bingeing, this often gives way to feelings of guilt and anxiety, which, in turn, might lead to another cycle of binge eating.

Research indicates that BED affects both males and females equally, and has been found to be more common between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.

OSFED – OSFED, which is also commonly referred to as ‘atypical eating disorders’, are characterised by some of the features of anorexia, bulimia and BED, but they do not meet the exact requirements that are needed in order to receive a formal diagnosis. An individual may have OSFED if they display the following:

  • Having a low weight but one which is slightly above the threshold to receive a diagnosis of anorexia
  • Binge eating and/or purging happens on an infrequent basis
  • 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 OSFED have struggled with anorexia, bulimia or BED in the past, or may go on to receive a diagnosis of one of these conditions in the future.

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