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Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

  • by Alan Piper
  • 17 Jan, 2017

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

knife fork and empty plate

Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests.

The study, involving more than 5,000 women, found just over 3% reported having an eating disorder.

Some said they had experienced it since their teens, others developed it for the first time in their middle age.

Julie Spinks, from Beaconsfield, is 48. She was not involved in the study, but can relate first-hand to its findings.

She developed anorexia for the first time when she was 44.

"It was a complete shock at the time," she recalls. "I knew that I was restricting my food but I didn't ever think I had anorexia.

"I'd been really unhappy at work and had very low self-esteem. To begin with I just thought I had lost my appetite.

"I felt depressed, like I was not worth feeding or existing. I wanted to disappear and fade away."

Julie started to lose weight quite quickly and began to exercise as well.

She realised something was very wrong one day after she had been to the gym.

Mind struggle

"I'd run for about an hour and burnt off about 500 calories. I remember thinking that's about the same as a chocolate bar. That's when I started to link food and exercise."

Julie still did not recognise she had anorexia though. "I thought anorexia was something that happened to other people. It didn't occur to me that I might have it."

After a breakdown at work she went for a mental health assessment. Her doctors then diagnosed her with anorexia and depression.

Julie was given antidepressants and began therapy sessions to help with her eating disorder.

She says it has been an incredibly difficult time - at one point she had to be hospitalised because her weight became dangerously low - but she is now back to a healthy weight and is doing well.

"I'm much better but I would say it is always in the back of my mind. I have good days and bad days. The whole eating process is a struggle," she explains.

"Before I knew about eating disorders I thought anorexia was a teenage thing. I thought it was a thing that affected people who wanted to look good or be a model. But it's not about looks, it's about how you feel."

Dr Nadia Micali, lead author of the study that is published in the journal  BMC Medicine , said: "Many of the women who took part in this study told us this was the first time they had ever spoken about their eating difficulties, so we need to understand why many women did not seek help."

Tom Quinn from the charity Beat says social stigma is part of the issue.

"Stereotypically, the world sees people with eating disorders as young," he explains.

"When we reinforce stereotypes we also add to the stigma of these serious mental health illnesses and this stigma can prevent individuals coming forward to seek help - a dangerous path to take when the chance of full and fast recovery is vastly improved when treatment is found quickly."

Eating disorders also affect men and Tom adds: "Last year, 15% of calls to our helpline were about someone over the age of 40 and this research from Dr Micali only goes to further support the importance of providing an appropriate treatment pathway for individuals with eating disorders at all ages."

For more information on how we can help you call us on 01784 392449

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38635082

Hypnotherapy in Ashford,Staines,Sunbury,Chiswick

by Alan Piper 26 Mar, 2017

Our Teenage Programme.

We  offer a specially designed course of consultations for Teenagers and their parents, providing them with the best methods of  reducing their teenage anxiety and supporting them to enjoy life and make the best of their opportunities.

All teenagers go through huge psychological and emotional changes that last some years and research has shown there is a corresponding structural development taking place in the teenage years.

Understanding these natural developments that occur in the teenage's and their effect on behaviour, hormone production, sleep patterns, decision making, risk assessment, emotional reactivity, memory, attention span, motivation, self confidence, intellectual resources, etc, not only helps the teenager but also helps the parents understand why their teenager is behaving in the way they are, so reducing stress for everyone!

We can also help them with proven effective methods to quickly and easily reduce exam and interview anxiety - a powerful way to boost their confidence and results throughout their lives.

 We also provide sessions for teenagers experiencing phobias, eating disorders, addictions, sleep problems, bullying, exam nerves, loss of self confidence and relationship problems.

For more information on how we can help your teenager's please call us on 01784 392449

by Alan Piper 24 Mar, 2017

Alan Piper - HPA, DipNLP, MUFH, GHSC/GHR, DipCMT

I am Alan R Piper, a member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register. I also hold a diploma in neuro-linguistic programming and complete mind therapy.

I trained exclusively on a one-to-one basis with the late and most respected of clinical hypnotherapists Bob Neill. (Bob Neill was one of the forefathers of hypnotherapy and had studied, developed and practiced hypnotherapy since the 1950s up until his death in 2006).

Some of my qualifications and certifications include:
  • Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy - (CMT) Dip.C.M.T
  • Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming - (NLP) Dip.N.L.P.
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy - HPA (Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association)
  • Philosophical Counselling Practitioner in Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

I am also a   Reiki   and Shamanic master specialising in panic disorders, stress, and anxiety. I am GHR and GHSC registered, following a strict code of ethics and practice (as part of membership conditions). I am fully insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you are looking for a professional   hypnotherapist   or psychotherapist, simply get in touch with me. Based in Ashford, my services are easily available to those across the London and Surrey regions.

by Alan Piper 24 Mar, 2017

Alan Piper - HPA, DipNLP, MUFH, GHSC/GHR, DipCMT

I am Alan R Piper, a member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register. I also hold a diploma in neuro-linguistic programming and complete mind therapy.

I trained exclusively on a one-to-one basis with the late and most respected of clinical hypnotherapists Bob Neill. (Bob Neill was one of the forefathers of hypnotherapy and had studied, developed and practiced hypnotherapy since the 1950s up until his death in 2006).

Some of my qualifications and certifications include:
  • Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy - (CMT) Dip.C.M.T
  • Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming - (NLP) Dip.N.L.P.
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy - HPA (Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association)
  • Philosophical Counselling Practitioner in Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

I am also a   Reiki   and Shamanic master specialising in panic disorders, stress, and anxiety. I am GHR and GHSC registered, following a strict code of ethics and practice (as part of membership conditions). I am fully insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you are looking for a professional   hypnotherapist   or psychotherapist, simply get in touch with me. Based in Ashford, my services are easily available to those across the London and Surrey regions.

by Alan Piper 24 Mar, 2017

Alan Piper - HPA, DipNLP, MUFH, GHSC/GHR, DipCMT

I am Alan R Piper, a member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register. I also hold a diploma in neuro-linguistic programming and complete mind therapy.

I trained exclusively on a one-to-one basis with the late and most respected of clinical hypnotherapists Bob Neill. (Bob Neill was one of the forefathers of hypnotherapy and had studied, developed and practiced hypnotherapy since the 1950s up until his death in 2006).

Some of my qualifications and certifications include:
  • Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy - (CMT) Dip.C.M.T
  • Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming - (NLP) Dip.N.L.P.
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy - HPA (Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association)
  • Philosophical Counselling Practitioner in Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

I am also a   Reiki   and Shamanic master specialising in panic disorders, stress, and anxiety. I am GHR and GHSC registered, following a strict code of ethics and practice (as part of membership conditions). I am fully insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you are looking for a professional   hypnotherapist   or psychotherapist, simply get in touch with me. Based in Ashford, my services are easily available to those across the London and Surrey regions.


by Alan Piper 24 Mar, 2017
Our weight management services offers a final solution for sensible,long term weight management which includes a 6 week weight management programme where, the employees will learn everything they need to know to lose weight steadily and healthily. For more information Call Kate on 01784 392449
by Alan Piper 23 Mar, 2017
Our weight management services offers a final solution for sensible,long term weight management which includes a 6 week weight management programme where, the employees will learn everything they need to know to lose weight steadily and healthily. For more information Call Kate on 01784 392449
by Alan Piper 20 Mar, 2017
Our Anxiety Management services for businesses are designed to help employees successfully meet their responsibilities,reduce long term sickness absence for employees suffering stress and anxiety,support your teams manage customer relationships and meet targets confidently and professionally.


by Alan Piper 20 Mar, 2017
Our Anxiety Management services for businesses are designed to help employees successfully meet their responsibilities,reduce long term sickness absence for employees suffering stress and anxiety,support your teams manage customer relationships and meet targets confidently and professionally.
by Alan Piper 18 Mar, 2017
by Alan Piper 18 Mar, 2017
Our Work Anxiety Management services for businesses are designed to help employees successfully meet their responsibilities,reduce long term sickness absence for employees suffering stress and anxiety,support your teams manage customer relationships and meet targets confidently and professionally.

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