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EATING DISORDER INTERVENTIONS
CanAm Interventions provides interventions for binge eating, interventions for anorexia, interventions for over eating, interventions for eating restrictions, and interventions for disordered eating. The definition of Eating Disorders is: complex emotional and physical addictions that occur for individuals that have deep emotional disconnection, feel too much, and/or have undergone historic traumatic experiences.
Eating Disorders usually start from childhood, escalate and progress into adolescence, and continue into the adult years. Most studies show that ED begins with low self-esteem, anxiety, mood swings, peer pressure, mental health diagnoses, and social anxiety, history of sexual, mental, or physical abuse, and negative self-perception or body issues.
Eating disorders are not just about body weight and food suppression, they are mostly about the need to stay in control and manage internal emotional conflicts so that all problems seem to go away in the moment. This creates an external solution to end personal emotional turmoil.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria taken from “The Alliance for Eating Disorders” states the following:
- Restriction of energy intakes relative to requirement leading to a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, development trajectory, and physical health.
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
- Disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self- evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
Types of Eating Disorders include:
- Anorexia Nervosa: People with Anorexia Nervosa tend to be perfectionists who suffer from low self-esteem and are extremely critical of themselves and their bodies. They don't maintain a normal weight because they refuse to eat enough, often exercise obsessively, and sometimes force themselves to vomit or use laxatives to lose weight.
- Bulimia Nervosa: Insatiable overeating is a medical condition. In particular, it is an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight. This typically involves bouts of extreme overeating, followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.
- Compulsive eating disorder: Compulsive overeating can affect women or men. Because compulsive overeaters feel that they cannot control their intake of food, they are likely to describe themselves as lacking in willpower usually say that they are eating for comfort rather than for genuine physical need.
- Binge eating disorder: People with binge eating disorder have an inability to stop eating once they start, using food in excess. When overeating feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence, it crosses the line to binge-eating disorder. This is mostly related to emotional dysregulation.