By eating tendencies, we understand both eating disorders (ED) and any eating pattern that can be harmful and cause suffering, even if it does not meet the criteria for a disorder.
EDs are groups of symptoms that describe a pathological relationship with food that seriously affects our health, daily life, behavior and emotional state. According to the DSM-V manual, we can differentiate, among the most frequent: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Binge eating disorder.
But in addition to the EDs, we must also take into account overweight, obesity and body dissatisfaction. We live in a world in which 2.55 billion adults are overweight or obese (1). In Spain, more than half of the population is overweight (2), while 81% of people who diet to try to lose weight fail, and only 24% are happy with their weight (3). Furthermore, studies seem to confirm that dieting eventually causes weight gain (4).
Although Eating Disorders are called behavioral problems and obesity has been considered a medical problem, they are also psychological and especially affective problems. A modification of behavior or weight, as difficult as that task is, only displaces the pathology and does not solve it.
Learning to accept oneself unconditionally, increasing self-esteem, managing the eating habits, learning to relate differently, developing healthier tools for managing emotions, being more self-aware, are, among other things, what we intend to do in therapy. Why? In order to get rid of the need to use food as a tool and start using it for its primary purpose – which is nutrition and pleasure.
Our therapy focused on Eating tendencies and Eating disorders consists of:
- Psychological treatment for obesity
- Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder
- Therapy for Bulimia
- Therapy for Anorexia nervosa