How To Get Help For An Eating Disorder

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Lauren Grant of The Hungry Heart suggests resources that can help you overcome an eating disorder.

    Lauren Grant: Hi! My name is Lauren Grant with The Hungry Heart, and today I'll talk about where you can find help for an eating disorder. When we're so preoccupied with our weight and food choices of what we should eat, what we just ate, and how do we make up for what we just ate, this obsessive energy takes over our life and thought process, truly destroying the quality of our life and setting us to feel bad about ourselves.

    Serious eating disorders can be life-threatening and should be treated by a professional. Many Americans are struggling more and more with overeating, binging and yoyo dieting.

    Contributing factors include a lack of prioritizing eating healthy foods regularly throughout the day, not building and maintaining strong family ties, not learning how to prepare healthy food, not having realistic expectations of what a healthy weight and body is and eating to block out uncomfortable feelings and emotions, as well as trying to fill an empty void when we don't feel loved and accepted in the world.

    Getting help from an eating disorder includes counseling, nutrition education, learning how to create balance in your life and meeting your emotional needs. It's a tough challenge to face, but there are some simple ways you can start working through your eating disorder.

    First, eat more frequent meals throughout the day; that includes fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins. This can help you curb your appetite over the long run and will leave you with fewer moments where you are craving food.

    Second, on your feelings and emotions, don't just miss your feelings; everyone has their right to their feelings and emotions and realizing how you feel is an important step in validating your feelings.

    Third, develop a strong support network, having outlets along with tools and resources to help you navigate through the feelings associated with binge eating can help you get rid of feelings of isolation. It's also a way to develop healthy coping tools and mechanisms.

    So remember, you don't have to go through this alone, find a counselor that has overcome an eating disorder. And whether you're working with them in person, via Skype or over the phone or through an online program, you can overcome your struggle a food with the help of the right professionals.