Eating Disorders

Do you or a loved one have an unhealthy relationship with food?

Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits, and they are quite common. Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that can negatively impact your health, emotions and / or ability to function in important areas of life. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

  • Eating disorders are characterized by problematic eating patterns, concerns about body weight, and inappropriate efforts to control weight.
  • Anorexia nervosa entails very low body weight, fear of gaining weight, and distorted body image.
  • Bulimia nervosa involves binge eating and unhealthy efforts to control body weight.
  • Some people may have a genetic vulnerability to eating disorders.
  • Eating disorders may be associated with particular personality traits. 
  • Cultural factors strongly influence the onset of eating disorders.
  • Lacking autonomy in the family and having an overly weight-conscious mother may influence the onset of eating disorders.
  • People with eating disorders tend to have certain distortions of thinking.
  • The onset of anorexia nervosa may be associated with stressful events.