An article in The Guardian has highlighted the issues with the NHS services for eating disorders, the increase in referalls especially in children and young people under the age of 19, and that the system is just not working. The number of admissions to hospital of patients with potentially life-threatening eating disorders has almost doubled over the past six years, amid warnings from experts that NHS services to tackle anorexia and bulimia are failing to help those in need. The number of admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of an eating disorder reached a peak of 13,885 in the [...]
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We couldn’t be prouder of our Nutritionist Hannah Burton here at Therapy Partners, Rewrite Your Story! Not least because she never stops tirelessly fundraising for our children and young people! Last Wednesday 21st February, Hannah organised the Meopham Players Jungle Book showing, an exclusive first showing of the fantastic play in Meopham, especially in aid of RWYS. Thank you to all those who made an effort to sell tickets, and to all those who bought one too. We managed to raise almost £300 and hope you had an amazing evening The nutter Nutritionist then went on to do a half [...]
Therapy Partners are pleased to annouce we have a new Therapy Room for rent on a sessional basis at Maidstone Community Support Center, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone. The newly refurbished, tranquil and well equipped room is suitable for talking therapies for couples, small fmailes or individuals and meetings for between 2-4 people. Close to public transport in the center of Maidstone – 5 mins from Maidstone East Train Station, long opening hours, private peaceful space, newly refurbished, free wifi. ammeneties include; Couch/sofa/recliner Table & chairs Tea & coffee facilities on site Receptionist Waiting area WiFi Wheelchair access off peak parking [...]
A Nutritionist is able to consider any medical problems or risk factors in health that are consequential to an eating disorder. It is important to educate those at risk that when the body is malnourished it ‘shuts down’ the body systems that are not vital for survival. The body can go into a state of ‘stress’ which leads to decline in overall health, mood, immune function, growth and development, gastro-intestinal (GI) function, cognitive ability, hair and nail health just to name a few. A nutritionist can support eating disorder recovery by promoting dietary changes that are sustainable and providing positive [...]
Blueberriesandraspberries:highinantioxidantcapacityandimmuneboostingthatare lower in sugar than many other fruits. Pistachios:thesearegreatbecausetheshellingprocesstakestimesoyouendupeating them slower. They contain fiber, biotin, B6, thiamine, folate, unsaturated fats and plant sterols making them nutritionally packed as well as tasty. Broccoli:per100gofbroccolitheyareonly34kcal,0.4gfat,highinpotassium,7gCHO, 2.8g protein, contain vitamins A, D, B12, C, B6, calcium and magnesium. Salmon:highinvitaminD,B12,selenium,omegas3and6(essentialfattyacids),B6, protein, phosphorus, potassium and biotin, is beneficial to heart and brain health and has been found to assist in weight regulation. Quinoa:proteinpackedgraintouseasahealthyalternativetoothergrains,isoneofthe most protein packed foods we can get (high useable protein) Bulgurwheat:richinslowdigesting,complexCHO,lowinfat,highinmagnesiumand dietary fiber and also a protein packed grain. Chiaseeds:topanythingyoucanwiththese.Theyhave6timesmorecalciumthanmilk and high in fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids. Kale:greatforaddingtomealsasasideortoamixture.ZEROFAT,greatforaiding digestion, high in [...]
Ongoing and repetitive dieting - Counting calories, converting to vegetarianism or veganism, skipping meals and cutting out entire food groups, drinking coffee and diet fizzy drinks to feel full. Obsession – obsessed with food. Looking up recipes, always cooking meals for others but not consuming them, rigidity (control) – not letting anyone else cook meals for them, eating at certain/set times, eating with small utensils e.g. tea spoon, taking extensive amounts of time to eat the food, constantly talking about food. Having the same/similar food every day. Avoidance - avoiding certain food groups, social situations where food maybe involved, saying [...]
Many people are subject to the common misconception that calories are made equal, but what they do and the benefit that they provide to the body is not the same. Our bodies need a vast mix of vitamins, minerals and fibre to function, and some foods offer us a higher nutrient density than others. For example, strawberries are a great source of vitamins C and K, fibre, folic acid, manganese, potassium and phytonutrients (which are what makes them bright red). You can therefore say a strawberry is nutrient dense. Bread on the other hand, as a processed product, is not; [...]
‘When a young person is bullied they can be left feeling isolated and not good enough, with low self-esteem. Sometimes the behaviour they develop can be a way of putting control back in to a world that they feel they don’t have any control in. This can manifest itself in disordered eating by overeating or restricting their eating to any unhealthy level.’– Sallie Kemp, TherapistUnfortunately, bullying in schools is more common than we like to admit. Below are a few statistics from the 2016 annual bullying survey.1.5 million young people (50%) have been bullied within the past year145,800 (19%) of these [...]
There are more resources available to you to help recognise, support and treat those who need it. Rewrite Your Story offers training, awareness and prevention through educational seminars on how to recognise and support a young person with eating problems, alongside educational school assemblies, and one to one support. To enquire further email email@example.com
Teachers are on the frontline of eating disorder prevention and awareness. Daily interactions with children and young people, the demographic with the highest risk of developing eating disorders, put teachers and professionals in a unique position. There are plenty of subtle signs that someone you treat or teach could be suffering from or developing a potential eating disorder. Please see the warning signs on our ‘About Eating Disorders’ page. There are also some signs that might be more obvious to spot in school. They can include; Decreased concentration The brain struggles to function at its previous level if it does [...]