Eating Disorders

Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

Do you struggle with your relationship with food? Does your child or adolescent? You are certainly not alone. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, between 1.1% and 4.6% of females and 0.1% to 0.5% of males will develop bulimia, and 3.5% of women and 2.0% of men had binge eating disorder during their lifetime.

Bullying and weight-shaming may begin in elementary school, driven by the sociocultural idealization of thinness. For example, 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat, and this concern often endures throughout their life. And binge eating, purging, laxative abuse, and fasting for weight loss are nearly as common among males as they are among females.

Many individuals struggle to understand if their thoughts and behavior around food are “normal”. When it comes to eating disorders, there are some tell-tale signs that indicate it may be time to seek help.

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Consider the following signs and symptoms:

  • I hate myself for the way I look
  • I constantly compare myself to how other people look
  • Thinner people are happier
  • I am not good enough/lovable if I am not thin
  • I am constantly hungry
  • I eat alone, so nobody can see what I am eating
  • There is a void in myself that I try to fill with eating or by avoid eating
  • I am afraid of being out of control
  • I hate myself for being out of control
  • When bingeing or purging, I am not able to think about anything else
  • I swallow my feelings when I binge

Eating disorders come in all sizes and every weight, and one cannot diagnose an eating disorder based on how a person looks. If you or your loved one answered “yes” to one or more of these reflections, you may have an eating disorder—and it may be time to seek professional advice. Call 301.327.1835 to contact us, discuss your needs, and schedule an appointment.

Our Approach

Our psychiatrists evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults suffering from bulimia or binge eating disorder. We begin treatment with a complete assessment of our client’s current functioning and relevant history. In particular, we focus on understanding eating behavior, body image concerns, exercise habits, family history, and any other important information which may help her develop a treatment plan. Some clients need a more psycho-educational and behavioral approach to therapy, which helps target symptoms surrounding disordered eating patterns. This focused style can also assist in promoting the client’s self-management of eating habits. Other clients may feel comfortable managing some of their symptoms and may want to spend more time in therapy understanding the meaning of food in their life and the underlying causes of the disordered eating. We will work with each client as a unique individual seeking therapy, and we will aim to tailor our therapeutic style to best meet each client’s needs.

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders (and disordered eating) are characterized by disrupted eating behavior and unhealthy thinking about food. These behaviors and attitudes can lead to both emotional and physical problems. Eating disorders can affect both males and females and can result in life-threatening consequences. If you or someone you love is experiencing two or more of the following warning signs, we encourage you to call our office and set up an appointment immediately.

  • Restricting food intake
  • Noticing large fluctuations in weight
  • Dividing foods into “good” and “bad” categories
  • Eating large quantities of food in a single sitting
  • Eating only at certain times, certain places, or with certain people
  • Spending a disproportionate amount of time thinking about food
  • Feeling like eating is out of control
  • Needing to exercise in order to feel “normal”
  • Purging food

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