Eating disorders are a category of psychological conditions that involve an intense preoccupation with food and body image. It’s often said that an eating disorder is like a bad boyfriend: relentlessly critical and abusive. Good eating disorder counseling can help you break up with ED – it’s difficult but ultimately liberating!
Body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, an obsession with seeming perfect, and a need to exert control over a situation that feels chaotic can compel an individual to develop abnormal eating habits. But so can a complex range of other factors: high levels of cortisol and serotonin can keep the brain buzzing with stress, which can promote the development of an eating disorder; a family history of eating disorders enhances your likelihood of acquiring an eating disorder of your own—as does environmental exposure to childhood trauma (e.g. sexual abuse); and so can your societal views of food and body image. Just look at how the media in your culture views beauty. Do you live in a country where thicker bodies are considered beautiful? Or do you live somewhere where the ideal is to be stick-thin rather than healthy and strong?
Whether your abnormal eating habits include self-starvation or gorging yourself past the point of sickness on food, eating disorders wreak severe emotional and physical damage upon our bodies. One eating disorder in particular—anorexia nervosa—outranks suicide as the most dangerous mental health diagnosis.
But don’t lose hope: Lifeologie can help! And, you can feel comfortable in your own skin again!
Without proper treatment, an eating disorder can progress into a life-threatening medical condition. But, fortunately, recovery is achievable. A successful outpatient treatment plan should use an integrated approach, relying on the medical expertise of doctors and counselors to assess your condition: