How can Breakthrough Retreats help me with an Eating Disorder?

A Dangerous Mental Illness


Eating disorders are so common in the UK that, according to research by ‘Disordered Eating’, at least 1.1 million people are affected, with young people in the age group 14-25 being most at risk of developing the illness.


Eating disorders are more than just going on a diet to lose weight or trying to exercise every day. They're extremes in eating behavior — the diet that never ends and gradually gets more restrictive.


The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. But other food-related disorders, like binge eating, body image disorders, and food phobias, are becoming more and more common.


Anorexia nervosa is characterised by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight, which manifests itself through depriving the body of food. It often coincides with increased levels of exercise. This is the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses with extreme food restriction leading to starvation, malnutrition and a dangerously low body weight.


Bulimia nervosa is a serious psychiatric illness characterised by recurrent binge-eating episodes followed by compensatory behaviour such as purging or over exercising.


Binge eating disorder is a psychological illness characterised by frequently eating excessive amounts of food, often when not hungry. Binges represent a distraction that allows a person to avoid thinking about the real root of their problems. Feelings of guilt, disgust and depression often follow a bingeing episode. 


Binge eating disorder is similar to, but not the same as bulimia nervosa. Where people experiencing bulimia nervosa will partake in purging activities after bingeing, binge eating disorder is characterised by an absence of purging, despite suffering similar feelings of intense guilt, shame and self-hatred after binges.


Few people are able to overcome an eating disorder without outside assistance.   Breakthrough Retreats have extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of eating disorders with a specialised Eating Disorder Therapist available to work with you towards understanding the emotional components of your eating as well as developing healthier coping skills, behavior, and eating habits.