Eating Disorders come in all different shapes and sizes.
Figure out why you do what you do
and learn how to be at peace with your body and food,
so you can be happy.
I just want to be “healthy.” I just can’t seem to stop. It’s not as bad as they think. If they knew they would think I’m crazy. I feel crazy. Out of control. I don’t know how to get control of this. I’m embarrassed, ashamed, anxious, depressed, mad, .
I don’t really want to admit this is a problem, but it probably is.
These are just a few of the things we routinely hear our clients say. Maybe you can relate. We’ve helped hundreds of women that are in a fight with their body, emotions, food, and sometimes their family. We can help you to.
Eating disorders come in all different shapes and sizes. Rarely can you identify one from the outside. If you struggle with one or think you might, you sure aren’t advertising it.
- Anorexia Least likely to admit / realize you have a problem. You’re just trying to be “healthy”, “fit”, or “tone”. All code words for – thinner (that statement probably makes you angry 😉 In fact, there’s a 7 out of 10 chance you’re not even reading this. Someone who loves you and is afraid of what you are doing to yourself is reading this because they want you to get help. Admitting, for real, that there’s actually a problem is going to be a big deal for you. You follow strict eating and exercise rules to go along with your “healthy” lifestyle.
- Bulimia By this point you pretty much know something’s not right. Guilty. You feel that a lot. That’s not going to happen again. You tell yourself that a lot, or at least you used to. You consume way too many calories, feel guilty, then do extreme things to compensate: throw up, use laxatives, starve yourself, take diet or water pills, and / or exercise like crazy. You know you feel guilty about what you eat and you know your compensation is extreme. You fantasize about a balance that you just cant find and don’t know why.
- Binge Eating You eat because your happy, sad, angry, scared, lonely, anxious, bored, depressed, and sometimes because your actually hungry. You probably have a collection of diet books, a gym membership (that rarely gets used), and maybe a subscription to a weight loss help group. You’re not necessarily obese, but you are an emotional eater, don’t like it, and don’t know how to stop it.
- NOS Not Otherwise Specified. You see yourself in 2 or more of these but don’t fit perfectly into any.
September Trent, Rebecca Barratt, and Josh Spurlock are professional counselors at The Relationship Center on the eating disorder treatment team.
Not everyone needs counseling to reach their goals. Maybe you just need some good resources. You can find some we’ve written or recommend on our resource site, EatingDisorderFreeMe.com.
Others can really benefit from the thousands of hours of experience we have. If you would like to find out how we might help you reach your goals, Click Here to learn more about counseling appointments.
We’re looking forward to serving you,
Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC
Director of The Relationship Center