Did you know?

Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.

Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Eating disorders can lead to several physical health complications including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Kidney failure
  • Ulcers
  • Seizures

You are not alone.

  • Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxative.
  • Almost everyone worries about weight occasionally, but when it becomes the most important thing in your life and interferes with daily functioning it is problematic.

Recovery is possible.

At Evergreen Behavioral Health components of outpatient recovery include:

  • Use of evidence-based evaluation and treatment approaches 
  • Learning to reconnect with your body
  • Learning to eat mindfully without guilt or remorse
  • Increasing physical and emotional health
  • Accepting yourself and your body   

Facts about Body Image:

 

  • The thin ideal is unachievable for most women and is likely to lead to feelings of self-devaluation, dysphoria (depression), and helplessness. [Rodin et al., 1984.
  • 89% of women in a study of 3,452 women wanted to lose weight. [Garner, 1997]
  • Constant dieting and the relentless pursuit of thinness has become a normative (thought to be normal) behavior among women in Western society. [Rodin et al., 1984]
  • Thinness has not only come to represent attractiveness, but also has come to symbolize success, self-control, and higher socioeconomic status. [Forehand, 2001]
  • The weight-loss industry brings in at least $55.4 billion in revenue per year. [Marketdata Enterprises 2007]
  • A disturbed body image is a significant component of eating disorders and plays an important role in the development and continuation of eating disorders. [Stice 2002]The average size of the idealized woman (as portrayed by models), has stabilized at 13-19% below healthy weight. [Garner et al., 1980).

How Body Image Affects Mental Health:

  • The thin ideal is unachievable for most women and is likely to lead to feelings of self-devaluation, dysphoria (depression), and helplessness. [Rodin et al., 1984]
  • Studies also show that self-objectification is associated with negative mental-health outcomes in adolescent girls. In early adolescence, girls who had a more objectified relationship with their bodies were more likely to experience depression and had lower self-esteem. [Ward, 2002]
  • One study exposed undergraduate women to 40 full-page photographs from popular fashion magazines. Young women exposed to images of idealized models indicated more eating-disorder symptoms than women in the control group, as well as more negative mood states and lower self-esteem. [Zurbriggen and Morgan, 2006]

 

How therapy can help:

  • Engaging in therapy can help you increase self-esteem
  • Increase positive talk about yourself and your body
  • Help you recognize reasons for your negative feelings toward your body
  • Recognize and access sensations in their bodies as valuable signals and cues of emotional states
  • Teach you to tolerate and express emotions in more constructive ways and consequently develop meaningful interpersonal relations.