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Eating Disorders and Mental Health

As a therapist, I often ask my clients to evaluate different aspects of their lives. I want to know the meaning of certain relationships and find the connection between thoughts and behaviors.

Mental Health and Food

When we think about our relationship with food, it can often be confusing. How would you feel if you were to stop your thoughts toward food, your body, and your routines associated with eating? You may find that you have rules or beliefs that guide your relationship with food and eating. If these rules or opinions are often bossy, rude, or judgmental, this might be a sign. Sometimes these views come from our family, sometimes from the media, and sometimes from seemingly nowhere at all. Unhealthy beliefs about our food choices can make us feel isolated and scared. They can make the necessary task of nourishing our body feel shameful.

Eating Disorders and their Correlation with Anxiety

Eating disorders are complex conditions, often stemming from a combination of physical and emotional factors. They can be linked to increased anxiety behavior and may have genetic roots. Though many have a typical onset in adolescence, they can begin anytime. It’s essential to understand the multi-faceted nature of eating disorders for successful treatment outcomes.

Care and Support is Vital

Eating disorders can be a difficult reality to face. Fortunately, there is help available for anyone struggling with an eating disorder. With the care of a trained therapist and treatment team composed of primary care doctor, dietician, and psychiatrist, you don’t have to try this journey alone. Support groups are key components in recovery, too! It’s also important to stay informed by getting curious about your relationship with food so that you can find freedom when it comes time to enjoy meals without worry or fear. Baptist Health wants everyone suffering from an eating disorder to find their way toward living fun-filled lives fueled by what they eat!

If you would like to learn more about seeking help for mental health for an eating disorder, visit National Eating Disorders Org. page and

You can also reach out if necessary to Baptist Health Behavioral Services Clinic at 501–202–758.