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Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating Disorders are rampant.  Patterns developed in childhood, along with being shamed for being over or under weight, keep these patterns from changing.  Being at an unhealthy weight effects self-esteem, health problems., i.e., diabetes, high BP, digestive issues and more.

You can experience weight loss and maintain this weight loss, however, it does require understanding that compulsive overeating is an addiction. Eating Disorder Counseling can help you to overcome these challenges and get on the road to a healthy lifestyle.

At Integrity Counseling in Las Cruces, I assist clients in coming to terms with the emotional wounding that promotes being addicted to junk food and binge eating or starving.  Very often, clients with eating disorders have been sexually abused, so this needs to be addressed also, typically with EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). 

It is very possible to eat three, healthy meals a day and let go of the diet mentality–I know, because I have been free of junk food and starve/bingeing for close to 30 years.  I also highly recommend combining Overeaters Anonymous with psychotherapy to conquer any eating disorder.

For additional resources, visit the Overeaters Anonymous web site.

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Eating Disorder Assessment

Those who suffer from eating disorders answer “yes” to many of these questions.   If you think you may have an eating disorder, please seek professional assistance from a counselor specializing in eating disorders.

Overeaters Anonymous is also a great resource for those suffering from compulsive overeating, anorexia and bulimia.

  • Do you eat when you are not hungry?

  • Do you skip meals?

  • Do you binge on certain foods?

  • Do you feel guilty after binging?

  • Do you think about food a lot?

  • Do you make time to binge alone?

  • Do you feel fat, even though the mirror shows you are too thin?

  • Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?

  • Have you dieted, lost weight, and then put it back on?

  • Do you tell yourself, “I’ll start dieting tomorrow”, only tomorrow never seems to come?

  • Do you crave to eat at a definite time of day or night, even though you are not physically hungry?

  • Do you crave foods that are rich in carbohydrates and actively seek them out?

  • Do you eat to escape from worries or feelings?

  • Do you find that you have trouble eating when stressed (skip eating or have to force it)?

  • Have you ever received treatment for obesity, anorexia, and/or bulimia?

  • Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?

  • Do you have any health problems related to your eating behaviors?

  • Do you wish you could eat normally-3 meals per day of healthy food and leave it at that?

  • Do you wish you could find your ideal weight and just stay there?

  • Do you wish you could quit worrying about food?