This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and we know that some of you may be concerned about your eating behaviors or that of a family member.
Eating disorders are more prevalent in young females than males and it’s usually the parents, specifically the mother, who can detect the early signs and symptoms in a child.
However, disordered eating occurs in people of all ages. We’ve treated women in their sixties for example who use food to cope with current life circumstances or because they have old traumas from childhood that are not resolved.
We categorize eating disorders into five types: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia and obesity. Despite these categories the underlying causes are similar, and one person can move from one category to another. It is very common to see someone starting with anorexia and then move on to bulimia and then end up with a binge eating disorder.
We recognize that we live in a society where people don’t want to feel pain. In this society people want to be happy all the time and avoid pain and any other feelings that are uncomfortable. Emotional eating is going to stuff down feelings so that you must address them later – they don’t go away. You must still face them later.
Eating disorders can often be misunderstood and clouded with secrecy and that’s why Dr. Baylac and Dr. Jones are going to go LIVE this Friday 28th on our Facebook page at 3:30pm HST / 5:30pm PST to give you an opportunity to ask questions about disordered eating behaviors, talk about your relationship with food, and address concerns you may have about a family member and what you can do about it.
By the end of this LIVE Q&A, you’ll have a much better understanding around your own eating patterns and behaviors or those of a close family member you’re worried about.
Join us LIVE this Friday at 3:30pm HST / 5:30pm PST over on our Facebook page so that we can help you have better awareness around eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors.
We’ll email you a reminder right before we go live so you don’t miss out.
We hope to see you there!