Suffering from an Eating Disorder or trying to support someone with one?
By definition, eating disorders (such as bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, and compulsive eating) all commonly share one trait – a preoccupation with weight, body image, and shape. However, it is not about the food, it goes so much deeper than that.
Eating disorders go beyond unhealthy dietary habits. While everyone’s experience is different and unique to them, eating disorders often involve distorted, self-critical attitudes about weight, food, and body image. It’s these negative thoughts and feelings that fuel the damaging behaviors and resulting symptoms.
The long term effects on one suffering from an eating disorder can be quite severe and at the same time quite complex, especially in the ways in which it pre-occupies ones mind, body, and essentially life. It becomes the coping mechanism for many things and in essence it becomes a bitter/sweet relationship; something you may fantasize of living without, but not know how to live with it at the same time. However, this doesn’t have to be the end or the answer.
I absolutely understand the devastating consequences of an eating disorder and how it can in many ways overtake your thoughts and essentially your life. I understand. I also share the belief that the symptoms one exhibits is one’s way of trying to communicate “something“. This “something” can be explored together through both Relational Psychotherapy or Art Therapy, depending on your preference. I am confident that together we can get to the root of the disordered eating and thinking and foster a happier and healthier path for you to walk along while being in touch with your true “self”. I am also confident that you can learn what it is like to be in control or your thoughts and emotions and no longer allow “them” to control you. In essence there is a way out of the vicious cycle of an eating disorder and a way to experience life and the essence of your being, from the inside out.
Are you supporting someone with an Eating Disorder?
It is not easy to watch someone you care about damage his or her health. Eating disorders can be quite devastating both for the individual and the family and friends that surround them. You cannot force someone with an eating disorder to change, you can however offer your support and encourage them to get help. While there are several different types of treatments out there for eating disorders that range all the way to inpatient hospitalized programs, what the person really needs is to be heard and understood. I can foster both of these things. My knowledge and authentic understanding in this realm goes quite deep, thus I have the experience needed in order to truly “understand”. Together we will work together to find out what is at the root of the eating disorder and then work together to find a way out.
Myths about Eating Disorders
1. You have to be underweight to have an eating disorder.
People with eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Many individuals with eating disorders are of average weight or are overweight.
2. Only teenage girls and young women are affected by eating disorders.
While eating disorders are most common in girls and women, they are also found in boys and men.
3. People with eating disorders are vain.
It’s not vanity that drives people with eating disorders to follow extreme diets and obsess over their bodies, but rather an attempt to deal with feelings of shame, anxiety, and powerlessness.
4. Eating disorders aren’t really that dangerous.
All eating disorders can lead to irreversible and even life-threatening health problems, such as heart disease, bone loss, stunted growth, infertility, and kidney damage.
5. There is no cure, eating disorders are a life long battle
There absolutely is a way out from a life with an eating disorder. It takes getting to the root and being heard..