Talking therapies such as CBT could be the best hope for people with eating disorders, according to new UK research.
The complementary therapy ‘Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)’ may work in four out of five eating disorder cases by releasing people from their obsessive feelings and behaviour.
The study carried out by the University of Oxford had over 150 participants and most had improvement that was long lasting and complete after completing a series of CBT based sessions.
The form of CBT has been recommended for bulimia patients who currently account for 40% of eating disorder cases in the UK. It is believed that over one million people suffer with some form of eating disorder.
The CBT counselling methods focused on links between emotions and behaviour and helped patients to work out ways to change what they were doing. Two versions of the treatment were developed with one centring on the disorder itself and the other examining the eating disorder and problems with self-esteem which may be a contributory factor.
The therapy has received backing from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and is another recognition for alternative medicine and complementary therapy methods.