An eating disorder can be defined as a disruption in eating behavior whereby eating becomes harmful to the wellbeing of an individual. There are various degrees to such behavior such as eating in excess, not eating enough or binging over and over to a maximum. An eating disorder currently has been classified under two types of conditions: 1) Anorexia Nervosa – failure to maintain a healthy body weight comparable to age and height recommendations; 2) Bulimia Nervosa – the process of binge and purge of food at regular intervals.
Anorexia Nervosa has been found to occur within controlling families where a nurturing modality is missing from the parental unit. There has also been research linking anorexia to sexual abuse victims and the occurrence of anorexia where a family member has anorexia as well. Typically, an individual may have a distorted body image, seeing themselves as overweight despite the physical evidence being contradictory.
Bulimia Nervosa, based on research, is characterized by the same occurrence as anorexia whereby the individual has been exposed to another family member with bulimia, a lack of nurturing from the parental unit and sexual abuse victims. The key component to bulimia is the existence of a binge and purge process. This process manifests itself through eating large amounts of food followed by the release of that food through forced vomiting, use of laxatives, fasting practices or excessive exercise.
Wellington Retreat works with individuals either dealing with anorexia or bulimia initially by focusing the individual on restoring their health and then by developing normal eating patterns. Wellington Retreat provides therapy sessions throughout treatment to explore the underlying issues related to the eating disorder and helping the individual regain a healthy perspective of them as it relates to mental and physical health. Wellington Retreat provides a safe and secure environment for the individual to encourage the release of control, so symptomatic of an eating disorder.