Food nourishes us. Without it, we have no energy and are unable to engage with the world. Also, food brings us together with others like friends and family, as well as the community as a whole. Yet, sometimes, we develop unhealthy relationships with food, with eating. While you may be familiar with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, there are other conditions affecting people. Sometimes called below-threshold conditions, disordered eating issues negatively impact individuals. Recognizing disordered eating in yourself or a loved one is the first step in getting the treatment necessary to heal. Integrative Life Center’s disordered eating treatment program is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a troubled relationship with food and eating.

man explaining to group in disordered eating treatment programThe Difference Between Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders

While it may seem superficial, there is a significant difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating. When an individual is diagnosed with an eating disorder like binge eating, bulimia, or anorexia, they have met specific criteria regarding their physical health and behavior. Eating disorders are serious conditions requiring special attention from both medical professionals and mental health experts. Similarly, disordered eating is a mental health issue. However, disordered eating covers a wide range of disturbed and unhealthy eating patterns. For example, restrictive dieting, compulsive eating, skipping meals, or laxative abuse are all types of disordered eating. Fortunately, a disordered eating treatment program is able to not only show individuals the harmful impact these eating habits can have, but give them the resources to make realistic improvements and adjustments.

Disordered eating isn’t a mental health issue, only affecting women. Gender, age, or race do not factor in developing disordered eating. Also, being over or underweight doesn’t impact disordered eating. Rather, it’s about allowing opportunistic lifestyle fads to affect your health. The most common sights of disordered eating include:

  • Dramatic and frequent weight fluctuations
  • Stomach and bowel issues
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Dry and brille skin and hair
  • Dental issues

When someone is preoccupied with weight, food, and dieting to the point it is a primary concern, they are likely suffering from disordered eating. There are overlaps between eating disorders and disordered eating such as preoccupation with body image, limiting foods, and conducting food-specific rituals (preparation, exclusion of ingredients, etc.). However, disordered eating is insidious. Often, what may begin as simply skipping meals or using diet pills balloons into binge eating, self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas, and deeply unbalanced eating like cutting out all fats or carbohydrates.

How a Disordered Eating Treatment Program Can Help

At a disordered eating treatment program, you’ll discover the best way to meet your own body image goals. But our professionals will guide you down the most healthy path possible. You’ll learn how to:

  • Avoid fad diets: Nearly all popular culture diets are unrealistically restrictive. While they may have elements of truth and accuracy to them, they ignore the damage they can wreck. Our disordered eating treatment program helps patients learn how to develop an appreciate nutrition plan.
  • Find the right balance between exercise, activity, and diet.
  • Eliminate negative self-talk and overcome negative self-image.

Our mental health professional has the experience and skill to show patients how their mental conceptions affect their physical wellbeing. We understand how you’ve come to disordered eating, but we want to get you back to a healthy lifestyle. This is why we not only offer nutritional therapy but have a unique Healing Foods Program.

Integrative Life Center

Breaking disordered eating habits before they lead to an eating disorder is a superb form of self-care. At Integrative Life Center, we believe in providing patients with all the tools and resources they need to achieve their goals. We understand societal pressures. We’ve seen the effects of fad diets and the fallout. So contact us today at 615.455.3903. Explore our treatments and therapies to find the program or plan that will work best for you. Mental health is as important as physical health, so reach out today.