Eating disorders are psychological disorders related to abnormal eating habits.
Psychological assessment and treatment can be effective for:
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective approach for the treatment of issues to do with weight, eating and body image. This behavioural approach addresses the behaviours, thoughts, and emotions associated with eating. It involves improving awareness of eating behaviours, reducing rigid dieting, eating in response to hunger and satiety, minimising triggers for overeating by developing alternative approaches to managing emotions, and improving body image and self-esteem
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is another effective treatment approach for eating disorders. IPT focuses on current interpersonal problems that are related to the disordered eating. Common interpersonal difficulties addressed include intimate relationships, interpersonal role disputes, role transitions, grief, and life goals.
Acceptance-based approaches are useful treatments for body image concerns. These approaches involve developing objective body image perceptions, decreasing behaviours that worsen body image concerns and recognising and appreciating qualities and strengths