The word eating disorder can be an intimidating word especially if you’re an over-eater. Words like Anorexia and Bulimia seem more like eating disorders to us. However, any kind of “disordered eating behavior” comes under the category of an eating disorder.
When you are an over-eater you tend to use food for comfort. You may be comforting yourself due to feelings of:
- Low self-esteem
This is the definition of an eating disorder. If you are using food in this way then you most likely would fall in the category of someone who would benefit from professional therapy in this area. A group situation would be extremely helpful.
So, if you find yourself confused by the word eating disorder, remember it’s “just a label”. Most of don’t like labels but we use them so that we can diagnose, treat and have words to talk about these types of conditions.
*Binge Eating Disorder is now an insurable diagnosis in the mental health field. This is due to the many numbers of individuals who are engaged in a binge type behavior.
Look for my next blog on the difference between over-eating and bingeing. That’s confusing too!
For more information:
Women’s Eating Disorder & Body Image Group
Therapy for individuals, couples & families. Counseling for adolescents (teens) and adults *Late afternoon and evening sessions available.