Disordered Eating

nick-owuor-astro_nic-637486-unsplashIs more than 25% of your day filled with persistent critical thoughts about food, exercise or your body?

Have you realized that diets do not work & want to find a way to feel healthy & happy without so many rules or restrictions?

Do you care about someone who you believe could benefit from meeting with a professional regarding their relationship with food & exercise?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, I am so glad you are considering the possibility of receiving therapeutic support.

I understand that the hope you have to live a better life has brought you to my site. You may be feeling stuck and know that there must be a way out, yet thus far, all the ways you have tried have not allowed you to break free. I strongly believe that disordered eating behaviors and the thoughts that are so obtrusive can end.

As a therapist, I have witnessed and fully believe in the life changing benefits of therapy. After hundreds of intake calls from clients looking for support, I resolved to make the process of finding a therapist easier. Therapy is not a ‘quick fix’, but with the right therapist, a greater sense of trust and safety is established, allowing you to deepen your work and more quickly reach your goals.

Additionally, for those struggling with disordered eating, a team approach can often bring about the swiftest results in recovery. There are several different levels of care for treatment from eating disorders, including inpatient, day and outpatient programs. Many people who are struggling, for a variety of reasons, cannot dedicate the time to a structured program and the effort it takes to put together a team can be overwhelming. To address this need, I started Evolve Wellness, a group practice made up of some of the best clinicians in the Bay Area who specialize in eating disorder recovery. We provide individual, group, yoga and nutrition therapy utilizing evidence-based techniques. You can learn more about our group by visiting our website, www.evolvetherapy.org.

 

Self-Assessment

The following are more thorough questions intended to help you identify the presence of an eating disorder or the potential for one. These are not a substitute for evaluation by a professional in the field.

  1. Are you preoccupied with your weight or shape? (Note: some concern is normal in our society.)

  2. Do you have a negative attitude toward your body weight or shape? Does this impact your participation in social activities and preoccupy you much of the time? If yes, do you often tell yourself you’re fat, ugly, worthless, etc?

  3. Do you diet often?  If yes, have you lost a significant amount of weight or have you lost weight rapidly?  Has anyone been concerned about your weight loss?

  4. Have your periods stopped or become irregular?

  5. Do you experience binge eating or “grazing” with a sense of loss of control that causes concern? If yes, when you eat, are you afraid you will be unable to stop?

  6. Do you vomit after eating, use laxatives, take water pills, use diet pills, skip meals or do you compensate in other ways for eating more than you should?

  7. Do you exercise to the point where your friends or family are concerned it is excessive?

  8. Would you rather eat alone than with others?

  9. Do you spend a good part of your day preoccupied with what you will or will not eat?

  10. Do you avoid social events because there will be food present?