Anorexia Hospitalisation [Case Study excerpt]

We always carefully review the timeline of our functional health clients.
10 Years prior to our work together Nicki had been diagnosed with an Eating Disorder called Anorexia.
“An eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat.”
At the time she was admitted to a Special Eating Disorder Hospital Unit for 2 weeks, then spent 4 months as a day patient with daily attendance. After 1 year she had been progressed passed the most intense stages of Anorexia, but over the next 9 years she battled with these symptoms.
She’d been through and achieved a lot, had the condition managed, but felt that the traits and behaviours were bubbling beneath the surface and still impacted her relationship with food, exercise and her body.
As a Functional Health Approach we always emphasise that we do not make diagnoses or name conditions. That is the remit of the Medical Profession. Once a Medical Diagnosis has been made, that then enables that medical process to move to considering the next step of ‘Treatment’.
Again, a functional approach does not use the term or apply steps of ‘treatment’ because it literally has no ‘condition’ to treat.
Each remit and therefore model is different.
Not better or worse.
In fact, the Medical, Functional and all other models all have advantages and disadvantages, benefits and drawbacks, that we are wise to consider.
In fact, the skill set regarding achieving the desired outcome of health goals (whatever, they may be), usually involves how you may integrate the different models and approaches appropriately. How you decision-make your way through to put safe and effective steps in place that progress you towards your goals is certainly quite a challenge.
We emphasise this often and did so for Nicki, because this is still an aspect that many will understandably find quite tricky.
Here at the Functional Health Clinic, our goal is to provide informed choice through grounded and balanced information to provide a safe and effective process.
So, in short, in Nicki’s situation, we were not there to diagnose or treat an Eating Disorder.
We were there to assess the function of her body and enhance its function where required.
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