Appetite disorders, also referred to eating disorders, are a broad range of conditions categorized by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone’s life.
Eating disorders can affect a wide range of the population, regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.
Eating disorders can take many forms including:
Each appetite or eating disorder is associated with specific symptoms however there are common symptoms throughout all eating disorders. Some symptoms of eating disorders include:
Appetite Disorders Treatment
Recovery from an appetite disorder is challenging and unfortunately can be a slow, arduous process for those suffering. Treatment involves trying to balance a regular and balanced eating pattern with exploring and addressing underlying emotional problems.
Evidence shows that the earlier treatment is started the more successful it will be.
There are a range of psychological treatment approaches, which may include: motivational therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy.
Medications such as anti-depressants or anti-psychotics may occasionally be considered alongside psychological therapies for certain patients.
Medicinal cannabis can be considered for specific patients when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit.