• Are you preoccupied with your weight?
  • Do you think about food all the time?
  • Do you habitually restrict what you eat?
  • Do feelings control your eating?
  • Do you see yourself as "fat" while others see you as thin?
  • Are you caught up in a cycle of dieting and binging?
  • Have you ever binged and purged?
  • Is your self-esteem determined by numbers on a scale?
  • Do you isolate from others and prefer to eat alone?
  • Do you feel overly controlled by others or situations?
  • Do you feel out of control or overwhelmed?
  • Do you feel like a failure?
  • Hopeless?

Eating disorders are caused by a number of factors, such as: genetics, family dynamics, cultural focus on thinness, peer pressure, athletic competition, and personality traits such as perfectionism, impulsiveness and low self-esteem.

Eating disorders are progressive – which means that problem behaviors become full-fledged disorders if untreated over time. Serious and irreversible medical problems, even death may result. Eating disorders do not just "go away" on their own.

If your eating habits and preoccupation with food and thinness are having a destructive impact on your daily activities; and your attempts to stop the behaviors have failed, you may need professional help to regain control of your life. Therapy with an experienced, licensed professional will help you:

  • Identify major underlying issues and needs
  • Recognize self-defeating behavior and distorted thinking
  • Develop positive options and coping strategies
  • Increase self-esteem and assertiveness skills
  • Improve interpersonal skills
  • Develop a support system
  • Build a healthy lifestyle

Therapy can help you find the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and how you use food.

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