It is important for a person with an eating disorder to be aware of their problem behaviors, to know why they happen, and what emotions and beliefs are associated with these behaviors that can contribute to their triggering behavior.
Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Treatments have emerged in the last two decades to treat a variety of disorders. Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Treatments are therapeutic approaches that seek to alter patients’ relationships with seemingly aversive or undesired internal experiences.
In parallel with these treatments, doctors or health professionals should always help the patient to become familiar with the sight and feel of their body. In this way, the person with eating disorders will learn to accept it and be able to expose it to others, eliminating some characteristic behaviours (e.g. undressing in the dark and wearing loose clothing to disguise body shape). It should be noted that the individual’s feeling of being fat tends to be triggered both by the occurrence of certain negative moods (depressed) as well as by physical sensations that increase body awareness (feeling full, bloated, tight clothing sensation)