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Eating & Body Image

How do you feel about your body ?

  • Do you worry about the weight, shape, or size of your body?
  • Do you exercise because you feel like you have to?
  • Do you ever feel out of control when you are eating?
  • Do you diet, count calories, of skip meals to reduce how much you eat?
  • Do you worry about gaining weight?
  • Do you worry about not being physically fit or muscular enough?
  • Do you feel ashamed, disgusted, or guilty after eating?
  • Do you feel like your identity and value are based on how you look or how much you weigh?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be experiencing eating or exercise behaviors/attitudes that are taking a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

How do I know if I have a problem?

Free, anonymous online mental health screening

Body Image Concerns

People with a negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, isolation, low self-esteem, difficulties concentrating, and obsessions with weight loss.  Strive for body acceptance, find ways to be positive about yours and others’ bodies, and be healthy at your size!

Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorders

What distinguishes disordered eating from a full-blown eating disorder? 

  • It is all about degree.  An individual with disordered eating is often engaged in some of the same behavior as those with eating disorders, but at a lesser frequency or lower level of severity.  
  • Disordered eating is problematic and to be taken seriously, though the symptoms might not be as extreme as those of a diagnosable eating disorder. 
  • Individuals with disordered eating may be at risk for developing a full-blown eating disorder and are more likely to have a history of depression and/or anxiety, or be at risk for anxiety and depression at some point in the future.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are several types of eating disorders, and it is not uncommon that an individual may experience different forms of eating disorders at different times. 

Each eating disorder often comes with significant health risks and can impact your physical well-being and your emotional and social wellness.

Eating Disorders Can Affect Anyone

Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate. Concerns about eating habits and behaviors affect people of every age, race, gender, social class/income, sexual orientation, and body size.

  • Approximately 10% of individuals with eating disorders who are treated by mental health professionals are male. A national survey indicated that 41% of men are dissatisfied with their weight and 77% of men who are underweight reported that they liked their appearance.
  • The prevalence of eating disorders is similar across racial groups in the U.S.
  • Research shows that rates of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among older populations are on the rise.
  • LGBTQ individuals may experience unique contributing factors in the development of an eating disorder.
  • Each person’s body is different and health exists at every size.

Myths about Eating Disorders

There are many myths about eating disorders. Click the videos for a more in depth look.

Treatment and Resources

Treatment can help, and recovery is possible! Different individuals may have different treatment needs depending on type and severity of an eating disorder.

Resources for Buckeyes:

Resources in Columbus for specialized or higher levels of treatment:

In addition to numerous private practice therapists, dietitians, and physicians, Columbus is home to many eating disorder specialists and treatment centers.

Online Resources

Book Suggestions

Workbooks: