Eating disorders affect the lives of both men and women. Many may not be aware of the severity or impact until there has been a significant impact on the life of the individual. Dieting, exercise, and body weight can begin to dominate the individual’s life, interfering with relationships, work, and other activities.
It is common, in our society, for individuals to be worried about their body image and this can lead to increased concern about diet and exercise. When this becomes extreme it can interfere with quality of life, daily activities, and relationships.
Common Eating Disorders Include
- Bulimia Nervosa – Bulimia Nervosa is a cycle that involves binge eating, followed by vomiting or purging, excessive exercise, laxative consumption, or restrictive eating. Body weight can be within normal levels, so the condition may go unnoticed.
- Anorexia Nervosa – Anorexia Nervosa is classified as an unhealthy body weight due to self-imposed starvation. This eating disorder is commonly accompanied by laxative and diuretic abuse and excessive exercise.
- Binge Eating – A Binge Eating Disorder generally involves eating more than a normal amount of food in a relatively short period of time. Binge eaters usually have difficulty controlling how much they eat and experience feeling of guilt following a binge. Binges are not usually followed by purging or the use of laxatives. Although binge eaters are often overweight, this is not always the case. It is also possible that weight may fluctuate regularly.
Signs and Symptoms of an Eating Disorder
The common signs and symptoms of an eating disorder include:
- Daily routine is focused on food, exercise, and/or body weight
- Food deprivation or binge eating
- Becoming obsessed with weight
- Excessive exercise to reduce weight
- Feeling depressed, moody, or anxious
- You have poor dental hygiene and health such as tooth decay and gum disease
- Menstrual changes occur
- You experience changes in weight which continuously fluctuate
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of guilt, following binges
- Secretive eating patterns
How We Can Help You
When left untreated, eating disorders can become life threatening. Our trained psychologists have helped many people overcome eating disorders to go on and live a happy and healthy life.
We can help provide you with some understanding of the disorder, what may have led to the difficulty with body image, and strategies for change. We will look at helping you manage and cope with underlying emotions that trigger the pattern of unhealthy eating patterns.
Call us for more information about how we can help or to book an appointment.