Eating disorders are complex conditions made up of a combination of underlying biological, psychological, behavioral and social causes.
Scientific researchers have worked extensively over the last 30 years to better understand the many intricacies that contribute to and maintain eating disorder symptoms. Still, there remain unanswered questions as individuals and families work to recover from the emotional and physical toll of eating disorders.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) describes several categories of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Selective Eating Disorder. However, many individuals experience variations of disordered eating that do not completely meet the criteria for these conditions. These eating difficulties may be equally troubling and cause significant disruption to daily living, reduce emotional stability and decrease overall levels of happiness. Currently, researchers are working to redefine eating disorders to include other types of disordered eating behaviors such as compulsive exercise and orthorexia (fixation with healthy eating).
Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorder
Disordered eating patterns affect millions of women and men in our culture today. For some individuals, disordered eating patterns are part of a significant and sometimes life threatening eating disorder. For others, disordered eating may involve patterns of unhealthy eating behaviors, problematic dieting, and negative body image concerns that impact the quality and enjoyment of life.
Do you or a loved one struggle with any of the following eating disorders or disordered eating patterns? If so, please give us a call. We would like to help you begin your recovery journey today.
Selective Eating (picky eating)