Exercise and Eating Disorders
Flexible Dieting and Eating Disorders
The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well researched. But at what point does exercise become excessive, to the point when high levels of anxiety are experienced when planned exercise is delayed? When is exercise contraindicated for particular eating disorders and associated compensatory behaviours?
Shame, Self-worth and Promiscuity
Years of yo-yo dieting, or restricting calories or certain food groups, followed by binging and excessive exercise has left many bodies and minds in total confusion. Many people restrict calories and/or food groups and exercise excessively yet continue to put on unhealthy weight. Flexible dieting may help if part of a holistic treatment program for disordered eating and eating disorders.
Cognitive Defusion: the start to breaking unhealthy thoughts
Shame has a lot to answer for! It holds us back from back from loving who we are, creates barriers that keep us bound to certain ways of thinking and behaving in an attempt to feel better about ourselves. Grace is the answer to shame. The grace to forgive yourself is the key that unlocks many shame based behaviours that keep us bound.
PREVENTION OF EATING DISORDERS
The trouble with mental illness is that when you are experiencing it, the sufferer often feels that they are the problem. Being able to step back often provides a window to start to see the triggers of unhealthy thoughts and the ways in which we react.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING PODCAST WITH THE MIND MUSCLE PROJECT
To understand ways to help prevent eating disorders developing, it is helpful to know the risks.
One Life Exhibition Opening Speech
Podcast: The Psychology of Eating with The Mind Muscle Project, discussing how an eating disorder could develop. Thank you to nutritionist Inger Ohlsson for doing this podcast with me.
THE BENEFITS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING AS WE AGE
The One Life Exhibition by award-winning human rights photographer Belinda Mason, Blur Projects, gives a voice to women who have experienced the criminal justice system.
BODY IMAGE, SELF IMAGE AND WEIGHT TRAINING
The most prominent sign of ageing is a loss of muscle mass known as sarcopenia. This has negative consequences at a mechanical/functional level as well as chronic diseases.
EATING DISORDERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FITNESS INDUSTRY
The purpose of this article is to discuss the positive effects of resistance training on body image. This does not mean to say that an individual that engages in resistance training may not have a negative body image though either.
Fitness professionals are in a prime position to identify unhealthy exercise and diet behaviours. They not expected to offer psychological help but can work as part of a team to offer a holistic approach to managing eating diosders.