Battling your own body can be exhausting but you are not alone. Nearly 24 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder. As the media booms with articles on weight loss and diet trends, it can be hard to handle symptoms without help.
There are three categories of eating disorders:
- Anorexia is defined as the overwhelming fear of becoming fat.
- Bulimia is known for eating followed by purging or vomiting.
- Binge Eating is overeating until the body experiences physical discomfort.
Eating disorders fall under the umbrella of mental illness in that they express an unhealthy relationship with food. An individual can be diagnosed with one or more of these disorders. Each one has many possible causes, some genetic, and others triggered by psychological distress, such as social and family problems, PTSD, control issues and poor coping skills. No matter what the cause may be, we are here to help create a solution and guide your recovery step by step.
Both men and women of all ages can become susceptible to an eating disorder, or even body image issues. The obsession over food and/or weight creates poor eating habits and a poor self-image, which can lead to depression. People who feel “out of control” over their emotions or even their lives often turn to their bodies as the one thing they can control. Develop a strategy as soon as possible to start feeling better so that you can return to your normal life with the vibrancy and vitality you deserve.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder and/or body image issues, get help today. Call 727-600-8093 to schedule an appointment.