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Understanding Disordered Eating And Eating Disorders

At the Airdrie Counselling Centre, we realize that eating-related concerns are more than just about food. Eating-related concerns are deeply intertwined with one's emotions, life experiences, and coping mechanisms. Disordered eating includes a range of irregular eating behaviours that may or may not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.

Recognizing the Signs

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Eating disorders are characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating patterns, leading to poor physical or psychological health. The primary symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme preoccupation with weight, food, and dieting

  • Drastic fluctuations in weight

  • Engaging in ritualistic eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces

  • Excessive exercise

  • Withdrawal from social functions, especially those involving food

However, issues with eating are not always synonymous with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. Many individuals struggle with body image and frequent dieting, which can also impact their well-being.

When Eating Becomes a Concern

It's essential to recognize that disordered eating can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. If you notice that concerns about food and body image are starting to control your life or someone you care about, it may be time to seek help.

Current Treatments

Modern treatment for eating disorders is multidisciplinary, often involving medical and psychological interventions. Psychological approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), have proven effective in treating the

underlying emotional issues. Treatment plans may also include nutritional counselling and support groups.

Two Tips To Start The Journey

1. Mindfulness Practices: Engaging in mindfulness can help reduce the frequency and intensity of urges to engage in harmful eating behaviours. It involves being present in the moment and observing thoughts and feelings without judgment.

2. Journaling: Keeping a food and mood diary can help identify triggers and patterns, creating a foundation for discussing concerns with a healthcare professional.

We Are Here For You

Remember, struggling with food is not a journey you have to take alone. At our clinic, we work hard to provide compassionate care to help you navigate these challenges. Whether you're taking the first steps to recognize disordered eating patterns or seeking ongoing support, our team is here to help you foster a healthier relationship with food and with yourself.

Invest In Your Mental Wellness Today

Take the first step towards positive change and book your appointment today.  Don't wait any longer – schedule your session now and embark on a journey towards a happier and more fulfilling life.

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