Eating disorders are dangerous expressions of food, weight and body image issues experienced by many women and men. Eating and Body Image Disorders can be extremely dangerous because these behaviors are regularly connected with meaningful health complications. When you, or a loved one suffers from an eating and/or body image problem, it is imperative to seek professional help to assist in changing the unhealthy patterns and coping. If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, contact us at our Temecula, CA offices for help.
Common Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa: A person who suffers from anorexia has extremely low body weight for his/her height and often suffers from an intense fear of gaining weight, often resisting all outside attempts of helping the person achieve a normal body weight. Individuals with anorexia often see themselves as overweight even though they tend to be very thin. They frequently use food or starving themselves as a way of feeling more in control of their life and to ease the pain of difficult emotions. Anorexia can be life threatening and requires immediate professional attention.
Bulimia Nervosa: People who suffer from bulimia present with episodes of binge eating followed by maladaptive techniques of weight control (e.g., vomiting, excessive laxative use, compulsive exercising). Excessive body concerns around weight and shape are also common problems for individuals suffering from bulimia. This behavior is often triggered by low self-esteem, depression or anxiety. Individuals routinely swing between feeling out of control (binging behavior), and then struggling to regain control by returning to their weight loss efforts. Similar to anorexia, the physical and emotional effect of this problem can be devastating, and life threatening and requires immediate professional intervention.
Compulsive Overeating: Compulsive overeating is an extreme consumption of food. It is very emotional in nature and habitually used to fill an empty feeling or used to cope with difficult emotions such as depression, anxiety or daily stressors. Because it is often emotional in nature, the act of compulsive overeating can begin a cycle of increased negative feelings, self blame, and increased feelings of emptiness because the core emotional issues triggering the compulsive overeating are often neglected.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: People who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder obsessively focus on perceived flaws that they see with their bodies, even if these flaws are imagined or minor. This obsessive focus on their flaws interferes with their ability to function in a healthy and adaptive way in other areas of their lives. At Aspire Wellness, our goal is to help our clients develop a more adaptive and healthy relationship with food, fitness and overall health. Understanding the root of one’s eating issues is imperative to try and stop the cycle of negative thinking and self-destructive behaviors. By identifying these negative thought and behavior patterns, we help our clients develop more positive relationships with their bodies, food and fitness.
HOW TO HELP
To help someone you suspect has an eating disorder you must ACT immediately.
Ask the person how she/he would know if their food issues were a problem. What would tell her/him that the situation was out of control?
Create a protected atmosphere free from judgment and encourage your friend or loved one to open up about her/his eating disorder. Connect her/him to resources that can help.
Therapy is the treatment of choice for eating disorders. Help your friend or loved one locate a therapist with whom she/he feels comfortable by contacting us at our offices in Temecula, CA.
If your loved one refuses therapy:
Some people fear therapy means they are “broken” and are going to be “fixed” by the therapist. Therapy is actually about getting support and understanding. If your loved one thinks of therapy as a punishment, help her (or him) feel positive by gently pointing out the supportive and collaborative nature of therapy.
If you or someone you know are affected by any of these conditions, we can help.
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If you would like to meet or talk with one of our clinicians about treatment for eating and/or body image disorders call our Temecula, CA office at (951) 363-3150, or click below to fill out our secure online form.