Think for a moment about your relationship with food. Do you frequently worry about meals? Are you ever unable to stop eating, even beyond the point of feeling full? Do you sometimes starve yourself, induce vomiting, or take other drastic steps to lose weight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have disordered eating habits that can lead to an eating disorder. Persons with eating disorders have an abnormal relationship with food and body image; they are controlled by obsessive and unhealthy habits, thoughts, and behaviors. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder: men, women, and, sadly, even children.
The three most common eating disorders are Anorexia, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder and Food Anxiety. People with Anorexia restrict food intake, even to the point of starvation, in order to keep body weight low. Bulimia is characterized by binging and purging – taking in excessive food and then inducing vomiting or taking laxatives. Persons suffering from Binge-Eating Disorder find it difficult or impossible to control food intake, eating to excess without purging. Food anxiety is a condition in which the sufferer has an extreme aversion or fear (phobia) about eating food. Most experts agree that biological, psychological, and environmental/social factors contribute to developing an eating disorder.
An untreated eating disorder can have long-term health effects, and in severe cases may even lead to death. Persons suffering from eating disorders should seek comprehensive treatment from both doctors and mental health professionals. Fortunately, counseling coupled with medical care has proven extremely effective for helping persons to overcome eating disorders. At Seattle Christian Counseling, our eating disorder experts offer professional psychotherapy that helps you explore the reasons for your disordered eating habits so that you can regain control over your relationship with food.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, your loved ones are most likely very worried about your health. Relationships are difficult to manage even without the emotional and physical complications of an eating disorder. When you eat either too much or too little, the body becomes exhausted from having to compensate for your unbalanced diet, and this will effect how you relate to others. It is difficult to care for others if you are not caring for yourself.
What are the Causes of Eating Disorders: 7 Common Risk Factors
By Angela Hanford,
Posted January 30th, 2018
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Most people either know someone or know of someone who has struggled with an eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), national surveys have estimated that in the United States about 20 million women and 10 million men will develop an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime.
In addition, eating disorders can have devastating effects on a person’s life and the lives of their family and friends. Therefore, prevention, recognition, and treatment of eating disorders are crucial.
As you are likely aware, there are three types of eating disorders that are often discussed in popular media: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. For the sake of simplicity, we will be focusing on factors that contribute to these three diagnoses.
Before we discuss risk factors, it is important to know that eating disorders are complex and multifaceted. We do not see one single cause creating an eating disorder, but rather that there are many factors that contribute to someone developing an eating disorder.
Furthermore, not everyone who displays risk factors will go on to experience an eating disorder. Throughout this article we are going to examine several of the risk factors that have been associated with eating disorders.
If you have any questions about these or other risk factors, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions. We are here to help!
Common Risk Factors Associated with Eating Disorders
By Jessica Berg,
Posted October 27th, 2016
Tags: Anorexia Nervosa, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia
When they find out that I counsel people with eating disorders, many people ask me the same question: “Why don’t they like food?” Or, “I could never imagine throwing up all the time – how awful!” We usually get into a discussion (a good one) and, as they are usually uninformed about eating disorders, I typically tell them that they are not really about food at all, but rather about control. Most people who suffer from eating disorders have issues with control in their lives. They may feel out of control, which means that food is the only thing that they can control. Or, they may find the world around them so chaotic that controlling their food intake is the way in which they can feel that they are in control themselves. In this article, I outline the reality of eating disorders and look at ways to address them.
What Causes Eating Disorders?
Whatever the case may be, eating disorders often run in families. Whether it was the mother or the father who had issues with overeating or undereating, these do appear to be passed down as children model their parents in everything that they do. In addition to the control issue, children and/or teens may develop eating disorders as a response to stress in the home or at school. Some people over-eat when they are stressed out, while others tend to under-eat or not eat at all. Our bodies also process things
Your Teen and Body – Dysmorphic Disorder: Christian Counseling for Teens
By Benjamin Deu,
Posted May 22nd, 2014
Tags: Christian Counseling For Teens, Eating Disorders
When you’re the parent of a teen who struggles with body image, the saying that “knowledge is power” can be radically true when it comes to getting your teen appropriate help. I talked through the defining features and warning signs of the three most well-known eating disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge-Eating Disorder. In this post, I want to focus on a body-image disorder that is less talked about, yet incredibly important for parents of teens to be aware of, namely
Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD.
What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
BDD is a disorder that often begins in the teen years and is characterized by a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in your body. The key word in that sentence is “perceived,” because people with BDD tend to focus on flaws that are either incredibly minor or completely imperceptible to others. Individuals with BDD may be extremely preoccupied with the shape of their nose, the length of their arms, or the color of their hair. By itself, BDD is not considered an eating disorder, however preoccupation with weight can occur in BDD, and both an eating disorder and BDD can be present at the same time.
What Makes BDD Different From Normal Body Image Concerns?
When reading the paragraph above it may seem that this disorder describes most teens – after all the teen years are known for heightened sensitivity to appearance. What sets BDD apart from