Eating Disorders

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Are you experiencing…

  • Preoccupation with food
  • Extreme dissatisfaction with body weight and image
  • Internal/unexpressed anger toward self or others

Eating disorders were once thought to be diseases that affected the elite young females in the pre-adolescent to adolescent age group. However, studies show that eating disorders are prevalent at nearly the same rate between the two genders and not limited to athletes or to specific ethnic groups.

Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are complex in origin. There is no one etiology or common factor. Additionally, mood issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are often associated with one or more eating disorders.

Common Misconceptions

One of the common misconceptions about eating disorders is the relationship to thinness. Though societal push toward thinness and unusual body types is a source of stress in many people’s lives, eating disorders are not necessarily an attempt toward thinness that has gone out of control.

Sufferers of eating disorders often use dieting, overeating, restrictions, and unusual choices of food as a way to cope with stress or to deal with overwhelming emotions. The acts of starving, binging, purging, or restricting are often associated with some type of attempted control over overwhelming feelings of anxiety, fear, poor self-esteem and unpleasant negative thoughts about one’s circumstances.

Environmental, cultural, and even genetic factors do play a role in promoting eating disorders, but none are responsible for the occurrence.

How we Treat Eating Disorders

Our center offers treatment of eating disorders at the outpatient level of care,  including binge eating disorder, overeating, stress eating, and carbohydrate and sugar addictions, as well as late night eating and irregular eating habits.

Trained in the biopsychosocial model of eating behavior, therapists work with clients through individual and family sessions in the framework of TEAM-CBT. A complete treatment plan includes consultation and planning along with physicians and dietitians in the team of providers.