We all want to look our best – to avoid gaining weight and to feel attractive when going about our lives. We live in a culture that is quick to point out the next quick fix diet so it’s difficult to avoid the pressure. While it’s normal to care about your physical appearance, if you find your thoughts are constantly preoccupied by your weight and what you’re eating, and you have started to take extreme measures to deal with this pressure, you might have an eating disorder.
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The two most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
Anorexia Nervosa involves having a strong belief that you’re fat – despite being at normal weight or even too thin. If you suffer from Anorexia:
- You have a distorted view of your body and often diet, severely restricting what and how much you eat, while exercising often.
- You make a great effort to control what you eat, often measuring and weighing portions or eating only once per day.
Like with Anorexia, if you suffer from Bulimia Nervosa you are constantly thinking about your weight and the food you’re eating. If you suffer from Bulimia you:
- Experience a feeling of “losing control” and consume large amounts of food in one sitting.
- After eating too much, you feel guilty and take steps to remove the food from your body so that you won’t gain weight. This involves vomiting, taking laxatives or taking diuretics.
Both of these eating disorders can cause you serious health problems – some serious enough to cause death. The causes of Anorexia and Bulimia are complex and often involve psychological problems, which must be treated in order for your eating disorder behaviors to stop.
With his experience, Dr. Crowhurst can help you to escape your eating disorders. Through therapy you will:
- Gain understanding into why you are suffering from an eating disorder by examining the way you think, including your most subtle impulses, so that you can change your behavior.
- Examine your significant relationships to identify any problems that may be preventing you from stopping or adding to your eating disorder behaviors.
To get started on ending your eating disorder, contact Dr. Crowhurst to schedule a therapy session.