Americans have a complex relationship with food. We use eating for a myriad of purposes other than to simply quell the hunger. In our culture, food, and eating – or not eating -- represent powerful, emotionally-laden aspects of life such as comfort and celebration, coping and suppressing, self-discipline or rebellion, control, and punishment.
Unlike smoking, alcohol, and other drugs where total abstinence is possible, food is a necessity for survival. But using food to deal with feelings – instead of dealing with your feelings directly -- can lead to one of the three primary types of eating disorders:
An eating disorder is never about just liking food too much, or just wanting to look slim. There are much deeper psychological reasons at work. You could say it’s a sign of an instinct for healing that’s taken the wrong road.
The psychiatrists and psychotherapists at Midwest Wellness Center Associates will help you uncover those reasons and assist you in retraining your choices so that you can have a healthy relationship with food and emotions.
Eating disorders may develop out of a number of precipitating factors, including experiencing or witnessing traumatic abuse or domestic violence, the aggressive hostilities of shaming or bullying, or chronic feelings of being fatally flawed or never good enough. Using the relationship with food to cope is a way of imposing order on the chaos that seems endless and unchanging.
If you are concerned about whether you might have an eating disorder, ask yourself these questions:
If you feel like your relationship with food and eating are out of control, and you’d like to find out what you can do before it gets worse, call us today!