What is Disordered Eating?

Disordered, or distressed, eating means an unhealthy relationship with what or how a woman eats.  She is probably also experiencing body hate, or distress.  This might have gone on for years.

I coach women  who are persistantly troubled by their overeating. This could be Binge Eating, Compulsive Eating, Emotional Eating.  Or it could be chaotic, unbalanced eating, from years of yo-yo dieting.

Do you feel guilty and shameful about your eating?

Do you feel out of control around food?

Have you been on or off diets for decades (yo-yo dieting)?

Is life dominated by thoughts of your size, eating, weight, exercise?

Are you food pattern chaotic, inconsistent?

Have you had enough of this, having battled for many years?

Anyone who does not have a natural relationship with food, who can’t listen to their body over a period of time, and are upset with their eating patterns, could be described as a Disordered Eater. It is thought that is approximately at least 70% of people in this country.

I also work with those who have a Disordered relationship with exercise and movement.  Whether exercising compulsively, or not moving at all, or exercising as a ‘diet’ to lose weight.  Find out more HERE. 


Many women know their relationship with food is not quite right, that it takes up too much headspace and they feel obsessed.

This questionnaire is designed to help you work out how much food / eating / body weight are taking over your life.


Eating disorders, and disordered eating

The typical image that springs to mind for many people of an Eating Disorder sufferer, is a teenage girl suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. Statistically this is the most life-threatening type of diagnosed Eating Disorder.

However, the most commen profile of someone with a diagnosed eating disorder is a women aged 30 to 40 who suffers from Binge Eating Disorder.  These diagnosed cases are the ‘tip of the iceberg’, of women who feel too embarrassed to seek help, thinking they ‘should know better at their age’.  Irregular binging, compulsive eating, emotional eating, stress eating, yo-yo dieting – all are forms of disordered eating that would not be diagnosed officially.

Very often a woman with disordered eating is neurodivergent (though she may not know it).  There are strong links between autism, ADHD, and patterns of over or under eating.  My coaching is neurodivergent affirmative. 

Weight loss is ALWAYS wanted. However, until the disordered eating has been calmed and steadied, this is not possible.  I do offer weight loss coaching, however not until after disordered eating coaching.   For more on my non-diet approach to weight loss please read HERE.

Disordered Eating

Working Together

I coach through online sessions which are specific to the client’s.  Very often my clients will be seeing counsellors or other therapists, this is very much welcomed. It is likely I will recommend if not already happening. 

Sessions will combine improving nutrition, changing habits, as well as disordered eating coaching.

Sessions can be quite practical – everyday meal planning , recipes, planning, cooking – whatever is needed to help you build new habits and skills.

Movement is key. This might mean simply helping you get in touch with your own body through every day activity, or it could mean starting or continuing to exercise through personal training sessions together.  Combining my Eating Disorder and Movement training together, I will have your needs as my priority.

As well as training with The National Centre for Eating Disorders, I am a Licensed Practitioner for Julia Buckroyd’s Programme ‘Understanding Your Eating‘.  You can read about this  HERE.

If I can’t help you, I will refer you to someone in my network who I think can. I do not work with women who are underweight or suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia or Orthorexia.

Follow-on Coaching Groups

Once you have reached a natural end to your individual coaching sessions with me, you would be welcome to join one of my monthly coaching groups.

This is a small select group for accountability, motivation, and support.

A cost effective and easy way to continue your coaching journey’

Group Coaching
Disordered Eating




Initial 25 minute conversation free and without obligation


Assessment & Sessions

Flexible packages to suit your needs.

Unsure or have questions?
Why not get in touch for a quick chat?  Or contact me by email me on cathy@blossomhealthcoaching.co.uk or telephone 07972 374150

Client Testimonials

“I have valued the opportunity to look back at historic events and how they have informed my current nutrition habits. This has helped me to better understand how and why I have formed unhelpful coping strategies with food and in turn has enabled me to rewrite these narratives.”

“Following six months of work with Cathy through one-to-one, and then Group Coaching sessions, I am in a much healthier place; mentally, physically and nutritionally. Thank you Cathy, for being the steady ground when I found myself in a storm.”

“This is very much coaching tailored to the individual. I am so grateful to Cathy for all that I now understand about my unhelpful behaviours and what I can do about them. I have never felt any shame talking about my eating habits with Cathy. She always and authentically provides a safe space for me and a learning environment which enables me to flourish.”

“Bringing her wealth of training and experience to my disordered eating, Cathy is very focused on noticing and guiding the individual to interpret what is going on for them and how to very gently examine it at an appropriate pace for that person. This is not one size fits all.”

“Cathy is dedicated, and helps guide you to make the improvements to eating that you wish to achieve, by providing realistic and achievable strategies that really do make a difference.”

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