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Hypnosis for Selective Eating Disorder

Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020

"I took my 15 year old son to Central Hypnotherapy to help him with his eating, as he has a very restricted diet, and it was becoming a problem in everyday life.  Chris was very kind and welcoming to us both, and made the whole experience a lot easier than expected.  I cannot praise this man enough.  After just one session, my son left asking to try a bacon sandwich and pizza!"  N.P. 11.07.20


"Selective Eating Disorder", and the psychologists call it, is actually very common.  The truth is, most of us have a restricted diet in some respect: something we can't eat or have trouble eating, especially when we make a conscious decision to start eating healthier foods.  

All our habits of eating and drinking, and also all our 'likes' and 'dislikes', are controlled by the Subconscious mind, and always have been, from birth.  And nearly everybody's Subconscious mind will take a dislike to something, or maybe a few things.  This only gets labelled a "disorder" when the person reports that there are lots of foods they apparently can't stand, and they can only eat a very restricted number of items, which causes them more and more inconvenience as time goes on.

Parents are usually greatly concerned by this situation as soon as it develops; but the child often isn't.  Children don't have any power, normally, they have to do as they're told, which can make them feel secure on one level - someone else is in charge, someone powerful - but it can also breed Subconscious resentment.  The Subconscious doesn't like being told what to do, and it very quickly picks up on any anxiety the parent has about what the child eats.  So food can easily become a battleground where the child's Subconscious mind tests the power and resolve of the parent, by selectively accepting or rejecting certain foods.  And because most parents are more anxious to make sure the child eats the healthy, nutritious stuff, it is that kind of food - the fruit and especially the veg - that is most likely to be rejected in the testing of wills that dinnertime can become.

So the parent gets frustrated and concerned by the rejection of the good stuff, thinking: "How can I help my precious child to eat the right foods?"

Well, not by insisting, that's for sure!  But that's what many parents do, precisely because they CARE: they care about their child's diet and healthy development, so they try harder... and so the child's resistant Subconscious mind fights back, resulting in a more powerful 'dislike' of those foods, which can easily become a mental block that prevents the child, from then on, from even trying to eat those things.

Once this has become established, it soon becomes the norm for that youngster, throughout childhood, adolescence and even right into adulthood and maturity... but then again it might not.  It is every bit as common for those blocks and barriers to be dropped at some point as it is for them to be maintained; but if they aren't dropped, that causes much more grief in adulthood than it ever did to the kid.

Children like attention.  Any kind of attention will do: even being complained about is better than being ignored, and being different is, at that age, a bit like being 'special'.  It is usually later, when they start meeting up with teenage friends and eating out, that they begin to feel that now they are the centre of attention for the wrong reasons: for something they 'cannot do'.

As soon as a person wants a problem to just go away, hypnotherapy will work straight away because the change is genuinely acceptable to the client (not just their parent!).  So it was with this young man and the change happened immediately: the Subconscious dropped its habitual resistance on request.   more about this

If you - or someone you know - suffers from S.E.D. and is clearly sick of it, why not phone Chris to find out more?  This kind of help really changes peoples' lives!   Call now on 0161 474 8120 (Office Hours), or call/text any time, any day on 07748 838 644.   I'll be delighted to help.


Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport, South Manchester, and has been helping the people of Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside U.K. to sort out their eating issues since August 2000.         

Categories for this article

  • Eating & Weight Issues
  • Hypnotherapy