Food Addiction Counselling and Therapy
If you or a loved one is experiencing food addiction or unhealthy eating habits, you may feel like your eating habits are involuntary, no matter how much willpower you try to use. Eating compulsions can be extremely distressing, resulting in health problems and emotional distress.
The common forms of eating disorder are:
- Anorexia nervosa: Intense fear of gaining weight, distorted perception of your own body, and severe restrictions on eating.
- Bulimia nervosa: Binge eating followed by excessive methods to prevent weight gain (induced vomiting, extreme exercise, laxative abuse).
- Binge eating disorder (BED): Binge eating not followed by any behaviour to prevent weight gain, often associated with obesity.
You may have a food addiction or disorder if you exhibit any of the following symptoms and behaviours:
- Binge eating for emotional reasons (feeling stressed or sad)
- Will not eat due to fear of weight gain
- Obsessively counting calories and excessively limiting consumption
- Binge eating followed by compensatory behaviour
- Constantly thinking about food and what/when you will eat next
- Abuse of weight control medications, laxatives, or diuretics
- Obsessed with your weight
If you think you may have an eating disorder, it is important to seek treatment. Untreated eating disorders can result in negative consequences such as:
- Lack of energy
- Stress and anxiety
- Heart attack
- Low blood pressure or pulse
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Yellow skin
- Brittle hair and nails
LCC Treats Food Addiction
Your LCC therapist will:
- Make referrals to appropriate medical and nutrition professionals to help you overcome your eating disorder
- Identify and understand any underlying problems which are contributing to the eating compulsions
- Teach you strategies to develop a healthy relationship with food
- Help prevent relapse
- Identify unhealthy, irrational, and negative beliefs
- Work on cultivating healthy, positive beliefs and behaviours
Our caring counsellors and therapists are experienced in helping food addicts. With effective treatment and counselling, a food disorder does not have to rule your decisions and your life.
Your counsellor and therapist will support you as you develop and strive toward treatment targets by promoting real change. In time, you can achieve a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle that is not controlled by destructive behaviours.
If you think you are experiencing food addiction or disorder, we invite you to contact us for a confidential and complimentary 15 minute consultation. We will assess your needs, understand your concerns, and match you with the right therapist. Call 905-231-2273 or submit the form on the right of this page.