An eating disorder is a complex and serious condition that features abnormal eating behaviors and distorted thoughts and emotions related to food, body weight, and body image. An eating disorder often leaves people with an abnormal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape. This can lead to extreme eating patterns, and dietary restrictions and have a negative impact on physical and psychological well-being.
Individuals with an eating disorder may experience the following:
- restrictive eating and an intense fear of gaining weight,
- significant weight loss and a distorted perception of one’s body size,
- recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors (self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or the use of laxatives to prevent weight gain),
- uncontrollable overeating, accompanied by feelings of guilt, shame, and loss of control.
Seeking help for an eating disorder can be a difficult first step. Individuals may fear judgment from others, worry about being stigmatized, or feel ashamed of their body image or eating habits.
The good news is that Kindbridge has expert counselors who understand, and are sensitive to athletes who are struggling with an eating disorders. Getting started is fast and easy.