Weight, appearance, diets—these are issues we’ve all probably thought about at some point. For some, however, these concerns become a preoccupation that can threaten mental and physical health. Eating disorders constitute a spectrum that includes anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia. Having an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, as well as one’s own shape and size, is to have “disordered eating” or “body image issues”—whether or not the situation meets the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. Not every person with disordered eating goes on to develop an eating disorder but the risk is there.
Although both women and men experience eating disorders, they are more common in women. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues frequently accompany eating disorders. Treatment is available through the health care system but there is often a long wait between referral and treatment.
This is where Body Brave, a business new to Crown Point, comes in.