Eating Disorder Treatment in Cape Town

Eating disorder is a collective term for several conditions or disorders with related characteristics. The best-known eating disorders are anorexia (Anorexsia nervosa) and bulimia (Bulimia Nervosa). Even considering inpatient treatment for an eating disorder is a big step.

At what point do eating disorders require residential treatment

  • Other levels of care have been ineffective
  • There are secondary behaviors to consider
  • You need psychiatric stabilisation or help
  • You are medically compromised or could become so during re-feeding
  • You are unable to gain weight / stop binge eating / stop purging at home / stop the behaviour


Eating disorders can develop in different ways for different people. Generally categorised as a mental illness that can have very serious physical side effects. Recovery Direct are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of eating disorders.



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Eating Disorder Causes
There is no single reason for some people to develop eating disorders. Some people are however more vulnerable than others. Vulnerability factors can be genetic (hereditary) or psychological (personality related). Environmental conditions such as early childhood can also be a factor in whether a person develops eating disorder or not. Western culture and media influence especially for women.
Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa: A person with anorexia restricts their conscious food intake to extremely small portions. Anorexics typically have a poorly developed sense of “body self image” which means that they do not see themselves as underweight, but rather the overweight, in spite of objective sources telling them that they are underweight. Anorexics often develop a deep understanding of food nutrition and the energy content of many foods. Often anorexics experience deep anxieties associated with eating. Read more bout anorexia here.
Bulimia Nervosa
People with bulimia are preoccupied with food and have periods of binge eating followed purging get the food out again. The most common ways to get food out are self-induced vomiting or excessive use of laxatives. Bulimics experience guilt and shame after eating or binge eating and the purging process through vomiting is experienced as a “cleansing process” after-which they feel “better”.
Read more about bulimia here.

Eating disorders can kill, and if you are already in trouble, you need medical attention, not self-help tips.


Overeating
Binge-Eating Disorder, also known as overeating or binge eating is a eating disorder is the opposite of anorexia, with the result of sufferers gaining excessive weight.
Over eaters often recognises that the eating pattern is not problematic and feel guilty for the lack of control; Yet the continues with the self-destructive eating behaviour even knowing that it will cause harm to their body and health. Binge eating disorder is difficult to detect because it may look like a normal overweight, and nobody knows exactly how many who suffer from this kind of eating disorder.
Muscle Dysmorphia
Muscle dysmorphia sometimes referred to as “bigorexia” is a disorder characterised by obsessive preoccupation with the physical body image. Bigorexia is a relatively newly identified mental disorder that hinges on the obsession to have a muscular body. This disorder can take two forms: extreme sport activity or binge eating to gain weight to the perception of being still too thin. Although men are primarily affected by muscle dysmorphia, it is a disease that can also affect women. These people devote an inordinate amount of time, attention and money on vigorous exercise, stringent diets, and other nutritional supplements to enhance their bodies and get “bigger” and / or more muscular.
Specialised Treatment in Cape Town
Cape Town is the ideal location to disconnect from the pressures and stresses of day to day life and focus on clearing ones mind for reflection. Our unique treatment programme for eating disorders deals with the underlying fears, concerns, behaviours that have caused the self defeating condition. Rebuilding a new self body image based on positive personal objectives, enables patients to finally break free from the cycles that perpetuate their eating disorders. The treatment centre works on both residential inpatient and outpatient models of treatment for entrenched eating disorders.

Recovery Direct’s Model For Eating Disorder Treatment


We help you to counteract disordered thoughts that trigger your problematic responses. We follow up on your daily challenges to create awareness of the things that trigger your reactions and how to handle them. Using a structured cognitive process, we create a holistic solution for you. We respect the fact that your thoughts and feelings are reflected in your relationship with food. We treat obsessive behaviours such as fasting, over-regulation (dieting and calorie counting), binge eating, regurgitation and purgation, all aimed at controlling body weight, but resulting in severe health problems.

At the therapeutic level there are many effective and successful treatments, either those that hinge on cognitive behavioural therapy or of systemic orientation. The latter can be found in the literature on clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Systemic therapy has three models that have specialised in treatments for eating disorders.

  • Psychological treatment: is aimed at achieving lasting changes in the distorted thoughts and negative emotions related to weight, body self image, size working toward recovering an identity that helps the person feel good about themselves. To avoid having to resort to food controls in the face of life’s challenges and problems. This treatment can be in individual and group sessions with other people who share the same problems and in some cases with family members (parents, siblings, partners, etc.).
  • Nutritional treatment: its main function is to advise on healthy eating habits and warn about the danger of unnecessary diets and diets that, although they may be justified, are not prescribed and controlled by a competent health professional.
  • Pharmacological treatment: is aimed at those affected who require drugs in combination with psychological treatment, especially in cases of BN and binge eating disorder, or to resolve associated symptoms such as depression, anxiety or impulsive behaviour.