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Are you or someone you love struggling with food and eating, restrictive food intake, emotional eating, purging, or body image issues? Eating disorders are a serious illness that can affect both your emotional and physical health. If you are not sure if you have an eating disorder or what can be done to make changes, please read on to find out more. Counseling can help you gain freedom from your struggle with food, weight, poor body image and the roller coaster of disordered eating.
Types & Symptoms of Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder
Unlike bulimia nervosa, persons with compulsive overeating disorder do not purge them of excess calories following a binge episode.
Complications Associated with Eating Disorder Behaviors
Health Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa
In anorexia nervosa’s cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally. Thus, the body is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy, resulting in serious medical consequences:
Health Consequences of Bulimia Nervosa
The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles of bulimia can affect the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions. Some of the health consequences of bulimia nervosa include:
Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder often results in many of the same health risks associated with clinical obesity. Some of the potential health consequences of binge eating disorder include:
If you are uncertain if you have disordered eating, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you binge eat or purge?
Do you severely restrict your calorie intake?
Do you weigh yourself once or twice (or more) a day?
Do you over exercise?
Do you eat when you are upset, sad, anxious, or happy?
Do you overeat more than twice a week?
Do your thoughts about food and gaining weight feel obsessive?
Have you hidden evidence of the foods you have eaten out of shame?
Do you worry that you have no impulse control when with eating?
Have you ever tried self induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, fasting,
amphetamines to lose weight?
Do you feel uncomfortable eating with other people around?
If you answered yes to any of these, you might have an Eating Disorder. An estimated 5-10 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. I have worked with hundreds of people who are struggling with these same issues. In a comfortable, supportive environment, we can work together to help you gain control of your life, your body and your self image. Treatment is tailored to meet your individual needs.
Nancy often works in conjunction with the licensed dietitians who specialize in working with people who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, food addictions, binge eating disorder, obesity, compulsive exercising and compulsive overeating. Working in a treatment team with a therapist and a dietitian will give you the greatest success in overcoming your eating disorder.
Contact Nancy today to discuss your needs and to see how eating disorder counseling in Houston, Tx can help you. You can also reach us via email @ nancy @ wilsoncounseling . org or by phone @ 713 - 591- 3612.
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"For years, I struggled with overeating. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. Nancy helped me understand what I was trying to feed. Now I feel better than I ever have. I can finally say that food no longer controls me."
"I felt really ambivalent about my life until I came to therapy. Now I see the potential to be happy. Coming to see you has changed my life!"
"I spent so much time trying to change my body. So many hours wasted feeling bad about myself and obsessing about what I was eating. Through counseling, I have learned to love my curves. I just wish I had done this sooner"