Your Calgary Choice for Support with Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be difficult to detect. The media glamorization of so-called ideal bodies, coupled with the view that dieting is a normal activity, can obscure a person’s eating problems. It can be difficult for a person with an eating disorder to admit they have a problem. Knowing how to support someone with an eating disorder is also a challenge. It is important to know that treatment is available; it can be a long process, but an eating disorder can be overcome. If you think that you, or someone you know, has an eating disorder, it is important to learn the facts. Gaining an understanding of these conditions is the first step in the journey to wellness.

Eating Disorders | Rory Hornstein | Registered Dietitian | Calgary and Surrounding Areas

Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-eating

Three chronic eating disorders have been identified: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.

  • 1. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by severe weight loss due to extreme food reduction. Symptoms include:
  • refusal to keep body weight at or above the normal weight for one’s body type
  • dieting to extremes, usually coupled with excessive exercise
  • feeling overweight despite dramatic weight loss
  • loss of menstrual periods
  • extreme preoccupation with body weight and shape
  • 2. Bulimia nervosa results in frequent fluctuations in weight, due to periods of uncontrollable binge eating, followed by purging. As well as a preoccupation with body image, symptoms include:
  • repeated episodes of binging and purging, usually by self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills and/or diuretics – methods which are both ineffective and harmful
  • eating beyond the point of fullness
  • 3. Binge-eating disorder, or compulsive eating, is often triggered by chronic dieting and involves periods of overeating, often in secret and often carried out as a means of deriving comfort. Symptoms include:
  • periods of uncontrolled, impulsive or continuous eating
  • sporadic fasts or repetitive diets
Eating Disorders | Rory Hornstein | Registered Dietitian | Calgary and Surrounding Areas

Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders | Rory Hornstein | Registered Dietitian | Calgary and Surrounding Areas

Eating disorders can be difficult to detect. Someone suffering from bulimia can have a normal weight, but the activities they are engaging in can be deadly. While the following list is not exhausting, it gives examples of some warning signs of an eating disorder: low self-esteem, social withdrawal, claims of feeling fat when weight is normal, low preoccupation with food, excessively counting calories, a high interest in what people think, denial that there is a problem, wanting to be perfect, intolerance of others, and an inability to concentrate

Nutrition Counselling is helpful for those who:

  • Would like to overcome eating disorders and disordered eating practices, so they can find peace with food
  • Exercise rigorously, compulsively, and/or excessively
  • Obsess about food and have undesired eating binges that seem out of control

Nutrition Services include:

  • Helping transform eating disorders and food obsessions into peaceful fueling
  • Addressing stress as it affects health, eating and weight
Rory is a referring dietitian at the Calgary Eating Disorder Program.

Rory looks forward to helping you achieve your health and nutritional goals.
Contact her via phone at (403) 819-6919, or via email at rory@roryrd.com to learn how she can support you with Eating Disorders.

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