Restricting food intake, emotional eating, bingeing, purging or mindless over-eating often become coping tools to deal with life challenges and emotions. Such eating disorder behaviors are often used to distract oneself from stress, anxiety, sadness, frustration or other uncomfortable feelings. One may start these behaviors with the intention to lose weight. Our culture glamorizes thinness, so we conclude that being thin brings happiness. Eventually, it becomes easier to focus on food and weight than deal with complicated feelings or emotions. However, eating disorder behaviors gradually exacerbate depression, fatigue, food cravings, and stress. Rather than resolve stress or solve emotional problems, eating disorders often make them worse.
What Can You Do About An Eating Disorder?
Norma can help identify emotional and destructive ties to food. She can help one develop a positive relationship with food that supports respecting the body, while allowing a balance of all types of foods. She helps one become more media savvy and identify when health messages are too extreme, including those provided by "health experts."
Norma encourages the development of positive coping tools to replace disordered eating behaviors. She understands the importance of a team approach in treating eating disorders, and works closely with other therapists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, and complementary care providers, among others.