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Anorexia and Bulimia

Anorexia and Bulimia are both eating disorders, but they manifest in different ways.

People with anorexia become obsessed with weight control and with eating, limiting themselves to small quantities of only certain types of food. They may also exercise excessively and take laxatives or make themselves vomit. People with bulimia tend to binge eat (often to excess) and consequently purge themselves of the food after, this behaviour is often associated with symptoms of severe guilt. They then feel guilty for overeating, often forcing themselves to vomit, or they take laxatives. Women and girls are 2.5 times more likely to have an eating disorder than men and boys are.

Symptoms of Anorexia


Symptoms of anorexia include low body weight, food restriction, an obsessive pursuit of weight loss and being thin, refusal to maintain a healthy weight or eat a healthy diet, fear of gaining weight, distorted body image (people with anorexia often think they are overweight) and lack of menstruation. If someone lives with anorexia for a long time, more serious complications can arise, such as thin bones, brittle hair and nails, dry skin, weakness, constipation, heart damage, brain damage, sluggishness and infertility.


Symptoms of Bulimia


Symptoms of bulimia include chronically sore throat, worn tooth enamel, bite marks on the back of fingers or knuckles, damaged cuticles, decaying teeth, acid reflux disorder, intestinal distress, dehydration and swollen salivary glands in the neck area. A person who binge eats usually does so in secret. The binge might be planned or unplanned, and the eating usually is done in a very fast and frenzied manner. Stress, anxiety, negative feelings and hunger from dietary restriction are common triggers for a binge. About 70 to 80 per cent of people who binge eat will then purge.

Treatment is important with Eating Disorders

It’s important for a person with an eating disorder to get help. The symptoms people experience can be life threatening, particularly with anorexia. In fact, anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder. Other problems could accompany eating disorders, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

How we can help

Treatment plans vary depending on the person’s needs. They typically involve different types of psychotherapy. We have helped clients with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia and ultimately what caused the problems.

How Many Sessions Does This Take?

We treat all our clients on an individual basis, particularly when the distress is long-standing and impacts the ability to cope with everyday life. During the initial free consultation, we discuss the issues in more detail. This enables us to assess how severe the problem is and to determine the number of sessions required. Please call us at 01823 272227 for your free initial chat to see how we can help. Or email us by Click Here .

We must stress that we never claim to cure. We describe our work as learning
at a conscious and subconscious level.

The most severe cases of Anorexia will need medical care but we urge parents
To be aware of their children and get help sooner rather than later.


  • Re Anorexia 16 year old.
    Dear Mr Marar
    Just to keep you updated, M finished her exams on Friday and has now officially left school. She has amazed me how focused and strong she has been over the exam period, I am very proud of her.
    She is doing very well and is surprising me at times with the progress she is making. I think the gap in therapy is allowing her time to practice and use the strategies in her own time which is great.
    I know all your work has gone a long way in supporting her to this point, and I am very grateful to you.*
  • Eating disorder 21 year old.
    I had suffered from an eating disorder for just under 2 years and at the age of 21, felt unhappy with myself. Overcoming my fear of speaking out to friends/family, I eventually spoke to my mother and she got me in contact with Marlborough House.
    I have had only a few appointments with Nabeeh Marar and Jenni who both are trained in Homeopathy and Allergy Therapy and the transformation in just over 2 weeks has been astounding. I could not be more grateful for the support, help and knowledge they have given me.
    Over the years, I let this disorder, anxiety and sadness take over my life; blocking people out and keeping myself hidden. However, the past two weeks have taught me a great deal about transformation, self-belief and achievement. Their kind nature, helpful advice and personal service has been truly incredible and I could not thank them enough. I would highly recommend Marlborough House to anyone with any related anxieties or health problems. Anon, Somerset

*Please note results may vary from person to person

To find out how we can help, please book in for a free initial chat.

For appointments in Taunton, Marlborough House Therapy Centre call 01823 272227

Bristol  Clifton Area, email us or call 07850373537 for appointments

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