Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice or a diet gone ‘too far’, but a serious illness that can occur in both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, and from all cultural backgrounds.

There are several different types of eating disorder, the most common being Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OFSED), previous known as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating which can be life threatening in certain severe cases, so the sooner an eating disorder is treated the better the outcome.

Most individuals with an eating disorder have many characteristic behaviours that they try to or manage to disguise.  They go to great lengths to hide and deny their behaviours or may not even recognise that there is something wrong.  They will have troubled eating patterns together with extreme anxieties about their weight, shape, what foods they eat and their body image.

Although many eating disorders can potentially be life threatening with appropriate treatment and a high level of personal commitment, once the denial barriers are overcome, recovery from an eating disorder is achievable.


If you think or know that you have an eating disorder the following may be familiar to you:


  • You know you are obsessive or feel anxious about food and gaining weight.
  • You want to lose weight even though you, your friends or family are concerned that you are underweight.
  • You pretend to those around you that you have eaten when you haven’t.
  • You use laxatives or make yourself vomit in order to lose weight.
  • You’re secretive and hide your eating habits because you know they’re unhealthy.
  • The act of eating makes you feel anxious, distressed, uncomfortable or guilty.

At Cortijo Care an individual is able to receive the most comprehensive treatment possible to overcome their eating disorder in a respectful understanding manner with full medical care and a team of specialised eating disorder therapists and nurses, enabling them to deal with any issues in a safe and secure environment, aided by experienced professionals and a qualified team that offers an individualised approach to their mental well-being.


Gemma Wood Dip, HE (MBACP) – Head of Cortijo Cares Counselling & Psychotherapy Department at Cortijo Care discuss the issues around Eating Disorders on Talk Radio Europe.

TRE Interview on Eating Disorders from Cortijo Care on Vimeo.