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Eating & Body Image

How do you feel about your body ?

  • Do you worry about the weight, shape, or size of your body?
  • Do you exercise because you feel like you have to?
  • Do you ever feel out of control when you are eating?
  • Do you diet, count calories, of skip meals to reduce how much you eat?
  • Do you worry about gaining weight?
  • Do you worry about not being physically fit or muscular enough?
  • Do you feel ashamed, disgusted, or guilty after eating?
  • Do you feel like your identity and value are based on how you look or how much you weigh?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be experiencing eating or exercise behaviors/attitudes that are taking a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

How do I know if I have a problem?

Free, anonymous online mental health screening

Body Image Concerns

People with a negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, isolation, low self-esteem, difficulties concentrating, and obsessions with weight loss.  Strive for body acceptance, find ways to be positive about yours and others’ bodies, and be healthy at your size!

Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorders

What distinguishes disordered eating from a full-blown eating disorder? 

  • It is all about degree.  An individual with disordered eating is often engaged in some of the same behavior as those with eating disorders, but at a lesser frequency or lower level of severity.  
  • Disordered eating is problematic and to be taken seriously, though the symptoms might not be as extreme as those of a diagnosable eating disorder. 
  • Individuals with disordered eating may be at risk for developing a full-blown eating disorder and are more likely to have a history of depression and/or anxiety, or be at risk for anxiety and depression at some point in the future.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are several types of eating disorders, and it is not uncommon that an individual may experience different forms of eating disorders at different times. 

Each eating disorder often comes with significant health risks and can impact your physical well-being and your emotional and social wellness.

While not a specific eating disorder diagnosis, Orthorexia is gaining increased attention and often overlaps with Anorexia Nervosa or otherwise can negatively impact an individual’s health and well-being. There are many risks associated with dieting and “clean eating.”

Eating Disorders Can Affect Anyone

Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate. Concerns about eating habits and behaviors affect people of every ageracegender, social class/income, sexual orientation, and body size.

  • Approximately one third of individuals with eating disorders are male, despite stereotypes that it is rare for men to have eating disorders.
  • The prevalence of eating disorders is similar across racial groupsin the U.S.
  • Research shows that rates of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among older populations are on the rise.
  • LGBTQI+ individuals may experience unique contributing factors in the development of an eating disorder.
  • Each person’s body is different and health exists at every size.

Myths about Eating Disorders

There are many myths about eating disordersClick the video links below for a more in depth look.

Treatment and Resources

Treatment can help, and recovery is possible! Different individuals may have different treatment needs depending on type and severity of an eating disorder.

Resources for Buckeyes:

Resources in Columbus for specialized or higher levels of treatment:

In addition to numerous private practice therapists, dietitians, and physicians, Columbus is home to many eating disorder specialists and treatment centers.

Other resources in Ohio for specialized or higher levels of treatment:

Cleveland: The Emily Program

Cincinnati: Eating Recovery Center

Toledo: Toledo Center for Eating Disorders

Find eating disorder treatment in other locations.

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