Eating disorders & online therapy

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are changes in the way we eat that can harm our health, our social relationships and the relationship we have with ourselves. They may be due to, among others, low self-esteem, very stressful situations or an intense fear of gaining weight.

What types of eating disorders exist?

The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

Anorexia is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, controlled through severe restrictions on food intake and intense physical exercise

Bulimia comes from having a general lack of control combined with an obsession with one’s own weight. Feelings of anxiety usually lead to overeating, followed by a sense of guilt. This leads to what is called purgative behaviours (use of laxatives, vomiting or fasting) to recover the feeling of control.

Binge eating disorder occurs when a person goes through periods of eating large amounts of food yet is not worried about losing weight. However, a great discomfort stems from the lack of control that appears in these overeating episodes.

What can lead to an eating disorder?

Eating disorders do not have a single origin. A family environment with high expectations but little emotional support, traumatic experiences, stressful situations, difficulty regulating emotions and criticisms regarding the body, among others, can cause changes in the way we eat.

What are the most common symptoms of eating disorders?

Feeling dissatisfied with one’s own body; obsessive weight control; unhealthy eating habits; fear of gaining weight; mood changes; increased irritability; and social isolation are some of the most frequent symptoms of eating disorders.

How can online therapy help me overcome my eating disorder?

Online therapy can help you improve your eating habits, your relationship with food and your self-esteem. Each therapy will specific to the person because each person is unique and has specific needs. We will help you understand your situation and offer you the appropriate emotional support to overcome the difficulties you face.

You may need professional help if:

You overeat in order to deal with your emotions.
You feel you have an unhealthy relationship with food
You are very afraid of getting fat
You usually weigh yourself several times a day
You feel like you lose control with food

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