You are not alone. Approximately 65% of adult women report having disordered eating behaviors, and 10% report symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge-eating disorder. This means that 75% of American women have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, or behaviors related to food or their body.
If you would like help with some form of disordered eating that is limiting your ability to enjoy life: keep reading. Help is available.
We so often think to ourselves: “you’ll never be happy until you lose weight,” or “your worth is measured by how you look.” But the truth is that disordered eating has very little do to with food or weight. They represent symptoms of something deeper—depression, anxiety, loneliness, insecurity, pressure to be perfect, or feeling out of control. These are things that no amount of dieting, weight loss, or worry about food and body can cure.
High-functioning women—mothers, professionals, older women, those in positions of authority—often exhibit dysfunctional eating but may also be very good at hiding it. In general, adults with eating disorders are less likely to be confronted by the people around them. This is even more pronounced among high-achieving women: disordered eating may continue ‘under the radar’ longer, but the behaviors have the same negative impact on your health and emotional well being, as well as that of those you love.
Anorexia is characterized by restricted food intake, significant fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and disturbance in self-perceived weight or shape. People with anorexia also often exhibit traits like perfectionism and risk avoidance; unfortunately, these are the very same traits that often contribute to women’s success in the workplace and elsewhere.
Bulimia is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating (eating large quantities of food in short periods of time), behaviors to compensate for over-eating (i.e., purging), and self-evaluation that is highly influenced by body shape and weight. Those with bulimia may share similar characteristics of those with anorexia, but some also exhibit ‘novelty-seeking behaviors,’ such as drug or alcohol abuse.
Dr. Zackson specializes in eating disorders, particularly for high-functioning women. She appreciates the fact that accomplished adults often face the same eating struggles as teenagers, when disordered eating typically first begins. Indeed, eating disorders usually first emerge at a younger age, but the disorder usually flares up again later in life during times of stress. Stress can include anything from marital problems, children, financial stressors, or life transitions.
Dr. Zackson has specialized training for reducing the symptoms and treating the underlying causes of eating disorders, as well as ensuring long-term treatment success. Women sometimes have a harder time asking for help, and often feel guilty. But if you are struggling with these issues, I can help you discover the triggers in your life for disordered eating and find healthier ways to cope.
Dr. Zackson is passionate about this issue and brings a fresh perspective to understanding and treating emotional eating. Her personal experience with disordered eating gives her a unique understanding of what it’s like to struggle with this issue, and she knows that recovery is possible. She offers empathy and understanding, as well as professional and clinical expertise.
You no longer have to struggle alone. Together, we can start this journey of healing and recovery. You deserve a life of hope, health, and happiness.