Information Sheets

Recovery Coaching Info Sheet

Every year in the UK and globally, millions of people struggle with eating disorders. Furthermore, many of these sufferers and their families are faced with the life-threatening effects of their illness because the problem has not been recognised or treated soon enough.

Recovery Coaching is one intervention that can be effective in helping people deal with and overcome eating disorders. This information sheet explores what recovery coaching is, how it works, the benefits, and how it can assist people with eating disorders.

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Anorexia Nervosa Info Sheet

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR), which is used to diagnose illnesses of a psychological nature, AN includes:

Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height, for example, weight loss leading to maintenance of body weight less than 85% of that expected or failure to make expected weight gain during period of growth, leading to body weight less than 85% of that expected.

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EDNOS Info Sheet

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, also known as A-Typical Eating Disorder, is the diagnosis given to someone struggling with disordered eating who does not meet the criteria for Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), or Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

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Exercise Disorder Info Sheet

There are typically two types of exercise disorder: Compulsive Exercise Disorder and Bigorexia.

Compulsive Exercise Disorder
Compulsive exercising is often an overlooked component of eating disorders, and it is not always clear when physical activity becomes excessive. Indeed, compulsive exercise disorder is distinct from the frequent exercise behaviour characteristic of people with eating disorders. In particular, compulsive exercise disorder is when exercise occurs daily and when intense anxiety is experienced if exercise is not viable. As a result, compulsive exercisers have a tendency to push themselves to exercise even when faced with illness or injury.

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Binge Eating Disorder Info Sheet

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR), which is used to diagnose illnesses of a psychological nature, BED includes:

Recurrent episodes of binge eating, where an episode of binge eating is characterised by both:

1. Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g. within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.

2. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g. a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

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Bulimia Nervosa Info Sheet

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR), which is used to diagnose illnesses of a psychological nature, BN includes:

Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterised by both:

1. Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g. within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.

2. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (such as a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

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Coming off Laxatives Info Sheet

Many people who suffer from bulimia and anorexia find themselves abusing laxatives - that means taking more than the recommended dose, or taking them too regularly over a period of weeks, months or even years. Here we would like to give you some guidelines to help you come off laxatives. These are not hard and fast rules, but rather ideas and suggestions that some people have found useful, and which you might like to use as a starting point in your journey to recovery.

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