Being overweight is not just a physical problem. It involves our emotions as well. With the varieties of food right now, not to mention the convenience, it is indeed challenging not to gain weight! Delicious food makes us forget about the risks we are facing. Being overweight or obese is correlated with other medical health issues like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Binge-eating or compulsive eating is a mental disorder. It is when people turn to food when they are emotionally or mentally disturbed. It is their comfort when they feel sad, and it is the easiest way to overcome the excessive emotions a person is feeling. That’s why a stressed person would often go to the kitchen and open the fridge. There is an absolute joy in seeing something you love to eat just waiting for you.
That’s why some people go to counseling to seek professional help for their eating disorders. It is very challenging, and they must have tried a gazillion times, but none have worked so far. They know they need to do something, and although it seems pretty easy to be healthy, exercise, and eat the right food, some people prefer to have someone always to remind them why they want and need to fight their eating disorder.
“Therapy is a great healthy habit to add to your self-care regimen. In therapy, you’ll learn skills and strategies to manage stress more effectively, elevate your mood and improve relationships,” says Dr. Jamie Long, a licensed psychologist.
Benefits Of Counseling:
- Counseling helps determine why you are struggling emotionally. Sometimes, you are in denial of some aspects of your life, especially your faults and pains. It is hard for you to admit these things, and your brain is so powerful that it can turn all your thoughts to reality, making it hard for you to deal with what is happening.
- Counseling serves as a constant reminder of what your goal is. Your counselor will make sure that you adhere to all the necessary steps to overcome your unhealthy habits. Consistency is vital to treatment, and if you are one of those people who are great at the start but quickly give up when the going gets tough, counseling will remind you that your goal is more than just a want but a commitment.
- Counseling keeps you motivated. It provides self-awareness that it makes you know your reasons for every decision you make and for every goal you have. When you are aware of all the things you want to achieve, you become more motivated to reach your goal because you know that something good is going to happen.
- Counseling improves your self-expression. It serves as a tool for freedom of expression. If you don’t have anyone to talk to or you’re having a hard time expressing your feelings, it can be a medium of communication for you to reveal everything that’s locked up inside of you. You won’t hesitate because you know that your counselor won’t judge and instead uses a variety of ways to understand your behavior and the cause of your eating disorder.
- Counseling provides relief from depression and other stress-related issues. When you are depressed with too many emotions inside you, it can help you cope. It prevents you from drowning yourself in negative thoughts. It is an efficient way to create something beautiful out of the overwhelming emotions you are feeling like diverting your attention to art. This way, you don’t have to turn to food to suppress your depression.
“Those at higher risk may also be struggling with other mental health and substance use problems, stressors, or exposure to activities that emphasize size and weight. We also see eating disorders develop in response to life stage changes such as puberty, going to college, mid-life challenges, and loss of relationships,” clinical director Bonnie Brennan.
Eating disorders are mental health problems, and we need to acknowledge the fact that sometimes we cannot deal with them on our own. Counseling provides all the emotional and mental support that is required to realize the value of our health. We own our body, and it is our responsibility to ascertain its optimum health despite all the difficulties. As Jonathan H. Richardson, PsyD said: “Treatment focuses on mental health, not weight loss.”