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Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders are biopsychosocial conditions, where genetics, the social environment and psychological factors play a role in their development. Eating disorders do not discriminate on gender, age, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. They are not a condition of vanity or something someone chooses to experience. Often times eating disorders develop from a simple lifestyle change, that sparks up an unhealthy relationship with food, the body, and/or exercise. Eating disorders thrive on secrecy and are perpetuated by shame.

The DSM 5 recognized the following feeding and eating disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

  • Pica

  • Rumination Disorder

  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED)

  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (USFED)

 

Common symptoms present in eating disorders include a preoccupation with body shape and weight, constantly thinking about food, eating past the point of feeling full, counting calories, cutting out certain foods, exercising past the point of exhausting and avoiding wearing certain types of clothing. People who experience ARFID tend to have a different subset of symptoms where the avoidance of food is due to taste, texture, having had a negative experience of eating, or low interest in food. Eating disorders require proper diagnosis and therapeutic intervention by a treatment team.

 

If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, please know that help is available. We provide evidenced-based treatment for eating disorders, we are Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned clinicians and me practice from an intuitive eating approach to treatment. Your treatment is tailored to meet your own individual needs.

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