Tim’s teenage son overcame his eating disorder and boosted his self-esteem!

Proud dad Tim was worried about his son’s eating disorder, as would any parent. A talented sportsman, his son had a tour coming up and that bought the issue to the fore. It would’ve been really tough for his son to go on the tour and deal with this eating disorder. He was distraught.

So, Tim decided to find help and he quickly found The Thrive Programme – a revolutionary mental health education course that empowers people to take control of their mental wellbeing and overcome issues such as eating disorders. He contacted his local Thrive Consultant – a trained and licensed professional who helps people overcome issues such as this – and they went through the course together over a few weeks.

The change in his son was noticeable from early on and he was soon managing his mental health and overcoming his mental health issues. He was able to go on the sports tour without anxiety, worry or having to cope with an eating disorder.

Then Tim decided to do the programme too, with amazing results. Now the whole family is Thriving and making the most of their lives. Watch Tim’s video below for the full story in his own words.

Help for Eating Disorders with The Thrive Programme

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or using laxatives (purging), fasting, enemas, diuretics or over-exercising.

This is usually done in secret. People with bulimia purge themselves because they feel guilty about binge eating, but the bingeing is a compulsive act that they feel they cannot control. Bulimia comes from a Greek word meaning ‘ravenous hunger’ and is commonly mis-spelt ‘bullimia’ or ‘bulemia’ or ‘bullemia’.

Constant monitoring of food and weight can become an obsession. A person with bulimia may binge in secret and hide evidence of food and laxatives. Having to keep secrets contributes to the cycle of stress and anxiety.

Who is affected by bulimia?

Bulimia can affect both men and women but, statistically, women are 10 times more likely to develop bulimia than men. Recent studies suggest that around eight in every 100 women will have bulimia at some point in their lives. However, sufferers are often ashamed or embarrassed by having the condition so I would suggest the correct figure will exceed that. The condition can occur at any age but it often starts in the late teens, but can also affect young children.

The connection between bulimia and self esteem

For many people, their self esteem hinges on how attractive they look and how slim they feel. They feel that by being in control of their weight they are more in control of how others perceive them, value them and like/love them. However, very often, feelings of low self worth, feeling ugly, feeling ‘not good enough’ come from within; these feelings come from an inner unhappiness and dissatisfaction, but are being projected onto how they they look.

Bulimics often attribute how bad they feel on their weight, when really, the negative feelings are the result of low self esteem generally and lots of negative self talk. Of course, that is all exacerbated by binge eating. Although the symptoms of Bullimia and bingeing are about the control of food intake, the disorder is maintained by negative feelings and emotions. The binge eating is just an outlet, a release, that provides only very short term relief. The Thrive Programme will help you to overcome your bulimia – AND teach you how to thrive – in just a few weeks.

What is Anorexia (Anorexia Nervosa)

Anorexia is an eating disorder where a person attempts to keep their body weight as low as possible. People do this by eating as little as possible, and exercising as much as possible.

People with Anorexia have a distorted image of themselves – they see themselves as fat, when in fact they are very thin – and this drives them to lose more and more weight. People can become so thin/light that they become very ill, in fact some die from this condition.

How does anorexia develop?

The condition often develops out of a persons anxiety about their body shape, and how they think they look. Unsurprisingly – due to the amount of social pressure on young girls from the media – the vast majority of anorexics are female. As with almost all symptoms and problems that people suffer from, the causes can be found within the persons belief systems and styles of thinking: most anorexics brood and worry an awful lot, most have a very strong ‘perfectionist streak’, many have ‘black and white’ thinking, and – most significantly of all – most exert a tremendous amount of control over their emotions and their life. Because of these these thinking styles, many anorexics also suffer from anxiety and depression, some also have obsessive compulsive disorder and/or emetophobia.

Signs of anorexia
Some of the commons signs of anorexia include:
– repeated weighing or ‘body checking’
– dizzyness
– leaving the table straight after eating (so they can go and vomit)
– being obsessive about food (meal sizes, number of calories, fat content etc)
– taking laxatives of appetite suppressants
– as a common symptoms of anorexia is social anxiety, many sufferers go to great lengths to hide their problem from their friends and parents.

Both bulimia and anorexia can be overcome with The Thrive Programme.

The Thrive Programme is a life-changing psychological training programme that empowers you with the skills, insights and resources in order to take control of your life, overcome any symptoms or problems you have, and thrive!