So often we go into the holiday season with dread because we are afraid of all the holiday parties with tempting food and drink. We are afraid that by the end of the season the weight gain will be huge. Fear no more . . . If you follow these three simple tips you can rest assured that you won’t have January Post-Traumatic Scale Shock.
An eating disorder is a physical, mental, and emotional crisis. Finding the right treatment team can literally be a matter of life and death. Even when symptoms are mild and motivation to change is strong, working with a specialist is so valuable because most eating disorders will worsen over time when left untreated or treated poorly.
First, let me say, I don't like the term obesity. I don't use it in my practice as a dietitian, or with my friends and family, unless it's such a major part of their vernacular it's the only way I can connect. If it's what I need to use to be on common ground or to make a point, I do. But in general, it's not a way I categorize bodies. People always have and always will come in different sized bodies. We don't diagnose someone's height and we shouldn’t diagnose their weight.
During an eating disorder assessment the clinician usually asks the patient several questions regarding their feelings about their bodies. What do they think is their ideal weight? Does their feelings about their bodies prevent them from participating in any life activities? Are there any body parts they especially obsess about and dislike? At what age did they start having negative feelings about their body? A common answer to this last question goes something like this: