Our English speaking specialists in Paris, France, and online are highly qualified in treating a range of eating disorders and we are here to help you.
What is an eating disorder?
An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude to food that can take over your life and make you seriously sick. Some involve eating too little, but others cause symptoms that are harder for others to spot, including overeating, making yourself sick, taking laxatives, or becoming obsessed with your weight and/or body shape.
Anyone of any age, race, socioeconomic status, gender, or any other way that we classify humans, can develop an eating disorder.
Statistics show us that young women are the most likely sufferers, which could be a sign of the intense way that the female body is policed in media and online, especially to adolescents whose body is changing and who are not as able to ignore or reject harmful messaging.
However, we should remember that statistics are a social construction and that these ones will be based on people who are able to seek help. This may lead to males with eating disorders not being included in the statistics because of the stigma about men seeking help for mental health problems, as well as men being overly concerned with body image; both things that are not considered “masculine”.
Some of the different types of eating disorders are:
Anorexia: This is characterised by trying to keep your weight dangerously low by not eating enough food. Sufferers may also exercise too much in order to burn off what little they eat. They will often have a distorted body image, seeing themselves as overweight, even when they are significantly underweight.
Bulimia: This is where someone eats a lot of food (typically high in fat or sugar) in a short amount of time (binging), unable to control what they are doing, and then purges themselves by making themselves vomit, taking laxatives, restricting what they eat, or exercising too much. This often does not lead to weight loss, but rather weight gain. This weight gain is unlikely to be enough on its own to set off alarm bells though.
Overeating (Binge Eating Disorder): This is the same as bulimia, but without the purging. Again, a sufferer may gain weight over time, but it may not be excessive.
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS): This is the most common eating disorder to be diagnosed and is a sort-of overarching condition where a patient may exhibit some symptoms of the specified disorder, but not enough to be diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, or overeating. Importantly, this does not mean that it is any less serious.
Anyone suffering from an eating disorder should know that there is help available.
We know that is it not easy to ask for help and that you may have been dealing with this for so long that you can’t imagine life any other way, but you deserve to get better. You deserve to live a life not controlled by food and body image. You matter.
English speaking help in Paris
On the subject of seeking help, we understand that living in another country can make it harder to find an eating disorder specialist that speaks your language; something that is vital to ensuring open and honest communication between you and your therapist.
That’s why at Philippe Jacquet & Associates, we’re proud to offer English-language eating disorder treatment in Paris or anywhere in France. We use a pioneering treatment via Skype or WhatsApp from our London offices for patients with eating disorders.
We have found our online treatment to be as effective for our sessions, with some patients finding them more effective. There are a variety of reasons for this, but some patients have told us that they are less worried about being seen entering an eating disorder clinic and they don’t have to worry if they’re travelling for work or have family commitments that they can’t get away from.
We are able to offer a range of treatments, from psychotherapy to counselling to body work, often in combination with each other, to treat people with eating disorders. We help people uncover the cause for their unhealthy relationship with food, which may have been learnt in childhood or adolescence before the decision-making part of the brain has finished forming, and examine it in a safe space.
We will treat the eating disorder and the underlying mental health disorders in order to help patients learn more effective and safer methods to deal with stress, depression, anger, or frustration.
Is there anything I can do to help myself?
We always recommend talking to a specialist about an eating disorder because it may be difficult for you to manage it alone or even with support from friends or family. For one thing, there are likely to be physical health issues – from damaged tooth enamel to organ failure – that will need to be dealt with, alongside the mental health issues.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to help yourself while waiting for treatment, in-between sessions, and whenever you can. After all, self-care can help alleviate mental health issues that are exacerbating your eating disorder. As always, tailor this list to your needs and your abilities, and remember to take things slowly. Mental health care isn’t a race and if you put too much pressure on yourself, you could become more angry or upset.
Here are some things that may help:
Put a note on your mirror and/or scales to remind yourself that you are beautiful and deserving of love and respect
Schedule time to do things you enjoy, like binge-watching a sitcom, playing with your pets, or ringing your mum
Wear clothes that you like, which are both comfortable and not trying to hide your body
Get a good night’s sleep, using a phone app if necessary
Ask for help from those around you; potentially starting by spending more time with friends or family before confiding in them
Exercise in moderation, perhaps taking along a friend that you can confide in so that they can point out if you might be pushing yourself too far
Make a list of reasons why you’re amazing (it might make you feel silly at first, but it does help to recognise your worth)
Volunteering can be a great distraction and boost your self-worth while helping someone else
Write down your worries ready to share with your therapist or a trusted friend
Alternatively, destroy the paper and see if you feel better having ripped your worries to shreds
Book an appointment online from France
If you’re interested in seeking help for an eating disorder, please get in touch by phone (+44 7809 668193 / +44 7809 668193) or email. We will get back to you as soon as possible because we want you to get treatment and recover.