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Do You Have An Eating Disorder?

When thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to managing food and weight begin to interfere with our everyday activities.An eating disorder has negative effects on overall health - emotional, social and physical.  It may cause the individual to feel tired and depressed, decrease mental functioning and concentration, and can lead to malnutrition with risk to bone health, physical growth and brain development.


Many societal, familial and individual factors that can influence the development of an eating disorder. Individuals who are struggling with their identity and self-image can be at risk, as well as those who have experienced a traumatic event.    Often an eating disorder signals that the person has deep emotional difficulties that they are unable to face or resolve.  People with eating disorders often describe a feeling of powerlessness. By manipulating their eating, they get a false sense of control in their lives. In this way, an eating disorder develops out of a method of coping with the world. This coping, however, is merely a mask, as it does not solve the life problems that the person is experiencing.

Clinical eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa - When you lose a lot of weight because you're hardly eating anything, and might over-exercise. You probably can't or don't admit how underweight you are. You may not initially look very thin, but may be far too thin to support your health. You can be so thin that every bone in your body shows, but still feel "fat". When you feel fat it makes it hard to ask for help or hear advice from others because, to you, "fat" has come to mean "being bad". You could also know that you are much too thin but don't make changes because you're so afraid of food and gaining weight. To you, this would represent losing control over yourself.

Bulimia nervosa - When you binge and purge. You eat out of control and then try to get rid of the calories. You fast, make yourself vomit, abuse laxatives, or exercise too much. These ways of purging harm your body and don't help you accomplish what you want. Your weight may go up and down a lot.

Binge-eating disorder (BED) - When you eat so much you're uncomfortable, eat to comfort yourself, eat in secret, or keep eating as part of a meal or between meals. You feel a lot of shame or guilt about your eating. Binge eating is also called compulsive eating. It is not the same as bulimia because you do not usually try to get rid of the food you've eaten.

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (ED-NOS) - Individuals who experience a mix of anorexia, and/or bulimia, and/or binge-eating symptoms, but who don't fall neatly into one of the medical categories, are said to have an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (ED-NOS).


The first and most critical step towards recovery is accepting that you have a serious problem. There are a variety of different treatment options available for those struggling with eating disorders, it is important to find the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best for you.

Therapist: Therapy is crucial to treating anorexia and bulimia. There are many ways a therapist can work with you, including addressing any feelings of shame and isolation caused by your eating disorder.

Nutritional counselling: The goal of a nutritionist or dietician is to help you incorporate healthy eating behaviours into your everyday life.

Support groups:  provide a safe environment where you can talk freely about your eating disorder and get advice and support from people who know what you’re going through.

Whatever your age or gender, it may seem like there's no escape from your eating disorder, but it's within your reach. With treatment, and support, you can overcome your eating disorder and gain true self-confidence.


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