Eating disorders and disordered eating are so common in today's society, affecting at least 30 million Americans (1,2). When left untreated, these conditions can lead to life-threatening mental and physical consequences. Nutrition Therapy is aimed to improve disordered relationships with food, and improve your overall relationship with your body through Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, all foods fit mentality, joyful movement, and body positivity.
I have treated Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoid Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Otherwise Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder, and feel confident in treating all of these diagnoses. However, you do not need a diagnosis to need the help of nutrition therapy. Disordered eating is our cultural norm, and many go years without getting the proper help they deserve.
If you experience any of the following,
you may benefit from nutrition therapy:
I become upset if I eat foods other than what I planned
I become upset if I am unable to eat at a certain time
I count calories
I count grams of fat, protein or carbs
I cut my food into small pieces
I weigh/measure my food
I refuse to eat after a certain hour
I eat the same foods daily
I’m scared to try new foods
I avoid eating a food if I don’t know how it was prepared
I won’t eat in front of others
I have safe and unsafe foods
I eat foods that are different from the rest of my family
My eating is very ritualized
I compare what I eat to what others eat
I hide food so others will think I ate it
I hide food so I can binge
I feel guilty after eating
I believe there are good foods/bad foods
I feel ashamed of my eating
Food seems to be controlling my life
I avoid foods if I don’t know its nutritional content
I compensate with laxatives, diuretics, and/or exercise for eating
1. Hudson, J. I., Hiripi, E., Pope, H. G., & Kessler, R. C. (2007). The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the national comorbidity survey replication. Biological Psychiatry, 61(3), 348–358.
2. Le Grange, D., Swanson, S. A., Crow, S. J., & Merikangas, K. R. (2012). Eating disorder not otherwise specified presentation in the US population. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(5), 711-718.