While these physical issues are the visible symptoms of an eating disorder, there are profound ripples throughout an individual’s social, emotional and relationship areas of their life. Individuals that have eating disorders, which may include binge eating, anorexia, bulimia or other condition, have a higher risk of depression and related mental health disorders. In a study at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center ,it was found that 24% of people with bipolar disorder were also dealing with an eating disorder. Other research shows that individuals with anorexia nervosa are 50 times more likely to commit suicide than non-eating disordered individuals.
In fact, eating disorders, like any type of addiction, can have profound impact on your ability to interact with others. In my book, “The Law of Sobriety” I dedicate several chapters to the devastation that low self-esteem and ability to see the good in yourself can cause in your emotional life. This feeling of dissatisfaction with self can also be a major factor driving the addictive behavior of the eating disorder. To understand how an eating disorder, a food addiction, may be impacting your life consider the following:
- Have your thoughts about your body changed your feelings about yourself for the negative?
- When is the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and felt satisfied with your weight and body image?
- Are you uncomfortable, embarrassed or even afraid to meet people because of what you perceive as their impression of you based on your weight?
Talking with a counselor that is familiar with food addictions and eating disorders is the first step in understanding how this issue is creating difficulties in many areas of your life. It is also the start of making meaningful changes and bringing positive energy back into your world.
Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your free E books at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio