Anyone who knows me knows that I am extremely passionate about eating disorders and weight-related stigma. I have worked to support individuals struggling with eating difficulties for over 7 years, including specialty training in treating eating disorders in athletes and performers.
As a gymnast, I was surrounded by diet culture and in an environment that believed in performance thinness. Performance thinness is the idea that the lower your weight, the better your performance. I saw firsthand the detriments of experiencing this culture, and found out that eating for appearance actually harmed performance. Since then I've worked with individuals to help feed and fuel their bodies adequately so they can perform their best and make space for what is important in their life.
All eating disorders are accompanied by serious medical and psychological consequences. They also have the highest mortality rates among all psychiatric illnesses. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to schedule an appointment with a licensed mental health provider. You can also visit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website, or call the emergency hotline at (800) 931-2237.
Click here for more information on NEDA.
There are many different types of eating disorders. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, it's important that you work with a mental health clinician to thoroughly evaluate the difficulties you are experiencing. Eating disorders often co-occur with other types of disorders, so this evaluation is especially important to create a treatment plan that is most likely to work for you.
When I work with individuals and families, I work very hard alongside people to improve their relationship with food and their body. I use science-based principles shown to work with most people to help you take back ownership of your life and do what's important to you without the constraints of an eating disorder, food rules, or body dissatisfaction. It's important to know that it is difficult but possible to recover from an eating disorder. And living on your own terms is worth the journey.