Disordered Eating. Body Image. Self-esteem.

Disordered Eating. Body Image. Self-esteem.

Do you feel a loss of control when you’re around food?

Do you skip meals, or do you rigidly restrict your food intake?

Are you consumed with thoughts about your body shape or your weight?

Many people are aware of what an eating disorder is, but disordered eating may sound less familiar. Disordered eating is not a diagnosis but a phrase used to describe a range of problematic eating behaviors. The signs and symptoms of disordered eating are similar to those of an eating disorder, although they will vary with frequency and severity.

While disordered eating may not result in the extreme symptoms seen in a diagnosable eating disorders, it has the potential to negatively impact a person’s life. For example, someone with disordered eating may miss work, school or personal events because of anxiety or discomfort around food, or because of an obsessive exercise routine. Their obsession with food and exercise may affect their ability to focus or concentrate, impacting their performance at work or school.

Whether you are in the midst of a full blown eating disorder, recovering from one, or experiencing disorder eating, we are here to help!

All forms of disordered eating can take a toll of you mentally and physically. Negative self-thinking can impact mental health, and poor eating habits can damage physical health, such as cardiovascular and intestinal health.

If you find yourself struggling with:

  • Frequent dieting or obsessive calorie counting
  • Rigid food restriction or skipping meals
  • Feeling anxiety, guilt or shame about certain foods or food in general
  • Obsessive exercising, or exercise to “punish” for overeating
  • Binging and/or purging
  • Self-worth or self-esteem because of your weight or body shape and weight
  • Feeling out of control around food

… then you may be suffering from disordered eating.

What causes people to engage in harmful eating habits can be complex, and vary per the individual. Individual therapy can help people examine their past to understand what led to these behaviors, and learn to accept and love themselves as they are. You can also work together with a therapist to create healthier habits and develop coping mechanisms for difficult cues or triggers. DBT Skills Groups can also be extremely valuable in building healthier coping skills the really work and change lives. In more severe cases, where stabilization is necessary, a whole team approach may be necessary.

If you’re struggling and need support and guidance, a licensed therapist can help you create healthier habits for both your body and mind. Give our office a call today, and let’s schedule a time to talk.

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