What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders encompass all disordered eating, whether diagnosed as Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating, or an undiagnosed Orthorexia Nervosa or eating behaviors and thoughts that are recognized as unhealthy and harmful. Up to 24 million people in the US have one of the major types of eating disorders, but many go undiagnosed or do not fall into one of the main categories. Cases that meet some but not all criteria used to be named Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), but this was recently changed to Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). Regardless of the name or diagnosis, eating disorders of all kinds are serious and have the highest mortality rate of all mental disorders.

Symptoms of Eating Disorders?

Since eating disorders can vary so greatly, the symptoms, warning signs, and presentation can vary just as widely and affect not just physical but also emotional, spiritual, and mental health.

Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Weight loss, gain or fluctuations
  • Absence or disturbance of menstrual periods
  • Decreased immunity
  • Dieting behavior
  • Binge eating
  • Vomiting or laxative use
  • Compulsive or excessive exercising
  • Food rituals
  • Preoccupation with food, eating, exercise, body and weight
  • Low self-esteem
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders

There is hope. Recovery is possible.

The recovery process may vary but nutrition is a key component in every treatment plan. Through mindful and intuitive eating, self-compassion, self-care, healthy coping skills, and the support of your dietitian and medical team, you can find hope and freedom from ED.

We will meet you where you are and walk alongside you to where you want to be.