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NIB (Nip it in the Bud)

NIB is a 6 session intervention, (additional sessions can be agreed if needed)

This therapeutic intervention is a psycho-educational programme to enable you, your child, looked after child, grandchild or partner, to nip an eating disorder in the bud. If you are worried about yourself or your child or partner developing an eating disorder, NIB might be the right therapy for you. Find out how to understand the way in which an eating disorder arises and how to regain control over it. 

It is best to nip an eating disorder in the bud because otherwise the eating disorder bud can progress into anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating. People in the first stages of developing an eating disorder believe this is the only way they can feel in control of their life. Sadly, if something does not happen to interrupt the progression of the eating disorder, the eating disorder begins to take control of the person not the other way around. A fully developed eating disorder can be life threatening and unfortunately some people die.

Anorexia Nervosa is when someone, (often a child or young person) tries to keep their weight as low as possible, by restricting their food consumption, starving themselves or excessively exercising. 

Bulimia is when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately vomiting or using laxatives-(used to empty the bowels).

Binge Eating is when someone over eats.

EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) means someone has some but not all of the typical signs of an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa 

Sometimes it can be easier to identify some of the factors that might lead to someone developing a full blown eating disorder. These can include being bullied, lack of self esteem, a family history of eating disorders, depression, sexual or emotional abuse, the death of a close relative or friend, difficulties at school and fears about not achieving academically, relationship problems with siblings, conflict in the family or in relationships, (sometimes underground), feeling under pressure, feeling too fat or over weight, not feeling good enough, worries about growing up,divorce and separation of parents, feeling powerless or dominated by parents or carers, influences in society and the media about thinness, keeping thin to do ballet or sports, hoping for a boyfriend or girlfriend, worries about sexuality, having long term illnesses or disabilities,and  genetic factors. 

Although the vast majority of people with eating disorders are female, between the ages of 15-25, there is approximately 10% of male people developing eating disorders. This can be for many of the reasons referred to above but also can be linked to athletic ability and the desire to be physically perfect; they seek muscle tone but find themselves developing an eating disorder.

So, it is important to understand that your son, grandson, boyfriend, friend or partner can develop an eating disorder. Be alert and remember that recognising an eating disorder early on and dealing with it is more likely to result in full recovery.