Eating vs Eating Disorders
Eating is one of the most basic human instincts, and food is non-negotiable in order to live. Feeling pleasure or comfort while eating is a natural reaction to food, and a sign of good health.
However, when eating is used inappropriately to control different aspects of life including performance, body weight and shape and/or as a coping mechanism to manage difficult emotions and situations, such disordered eating can become dangerous.
Taking extreme measures via restrictive dieting, uncontrolled eating, with or without compensating activities such as vomiting, using laxatives and over-exercising can seriously damage one’s health and significantly interfere with their ability to function daily and to enjoy life.
Eating disorders are one of the most complex and challenging medical and mental illnesses that are very difficult to treat, with serious health, psychological and social consequences including a high risk of death. Early detection and intervention can significantly help prevent the onset of a full-blown eating disorder, as well as years of struggles to recover from the illness.
TELL Eating Disorders Treatment Program
TELL Counseling has become one of the most solid and reliable resources in the community for treating eating disorders in both adults and children. TELL therapists who treat eating disorders are trained with the most up-to-date treatment methods and they are continuously supervised by reputable eating disorders programs in the US.
TELL Counseling has also established a strong and collaborative partnership with other professionals, especially with medical professionals in coordinating care. In addition to treatments, the Eating Disorders Program at TELL provides training and workshops for awareness-building and empowerment of caretakers and professionals in the community.
For information on the Eating Disorders Program at TELL Counseling, please email the Coordinator at email@example.com, or call TELL Counseling at 03-4550-1146. For Frequently Asked Questions, please see here.
Tips on “How to Help a Loved One with Eating Concerns”
(by NEDA – National Eating Disorders Association)
- Learn as much as you can about eating disorders
- Be honest, be vocal about your concerns
- Be caring, but be firm
- Compliment the loved one’s inner qualities
- Be a good role model, practice what you preach
- Tell a trusted adult, if applicable
- Place shame, blame or guilt
- Make rules or promises that you cannot or will not uphold
- Give simple solutions
- Ignore or avoid the situation until it is severe or life-threatening
Nine Truths about Eating Disorders
- Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
- Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
- Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
- Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
- Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
- Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
- Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
- Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
- Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
“Myths” about eating disorders
(from the 2015 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campaign by NEDA)
I HAD NO IDEA that:
- eating disorders don’t discriminate. Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.
- the “perfect” images I see everyday are digital illusions. Media literacy is a powerful tool in the fight against eating disorders. Look critically before you criticize yourself.
- my passion had become a problem. Athletes are at a higher risk for developing an eating disorder.
- my quest for health was making me sick. 35% of normal dieters (in the US) progress to disordered eating. You deserve help to stop the cycle.
- eating disorders are often overlooked or misdiagnosed – even by doctors. Medical professionals can play a critical role in early intervention.
- bullying can trigger disordered eating. As many as 65% of people (in the US) with eating disorders say bullying contributed to their condition.
- eating disorders aren’t just a “phase” – Parents don’t cause eating disorders. They can be central to a child’s recovery.
*TELL would like to thank the Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd for its generous support of the Eating Disorders Program at TELL since 2010.