Eating disorders aren't about food (or weight), a therapist explains

Eating disorders are about more than just food and weight.

This is according to Anandi Jooste, a therapist at behavioural healthcare clinic Akeso Montrose Manor.

Jooste says that people are born with the predisposition to develop eating disorders.

She explains that people who suffer from eating disorders are often perfectionists and over-achievers with very high ideals of themselves.

Individuals who suffer from eating disorders usually come from families with a history of anxiety-based illnesses, such as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and addiction, Jooste says.

It's easy to look at weight, but eating disorder clients come in different shapes and sizes.

Anandi Jooste, therapist at Akeso Montrose Manor

It's an emotional illness, a psychological illness, a mental illness.

Anandi Jooste, therapist at Akeso Montrose Manor

You are born with the predisposition to develop an eating disorder.

Anandi Jooste, therapist at Akeso Montrose Manor

There is such a stigma with eating disorders, that we always think about weight.

Anandi Jooste, therapist at Akeso Montrose Manor

Eating disorders are genetic, but they can also be triggered by family situations and trauma at different stages.

Anandi Jooste, therapist at Akeso Montrose Manor

Jooste talks bout how eating disorders affect a range of different people and how they can be treated.

Take a listen to the engaging discussion during the Family Matters feature:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Eating disorders aren't about food (or weight), a therapist explains


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