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Learn About Eating Disorders and Common
Misconceptions from Our Professional Counselling
Center
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Many people have misconceptions about eating
disorders and the types of people who can become
afflicted with them. Our professional counselling
center wants to educate people about eating
disorders by debunking several misconceptions.
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Misconception 1 Only those from higher
socioeconomic backgrounds get eating
disorders. Many people believe only the rich or
famous develops eating disorders as a means to
get attention in the media. This simply is not
true and eating disorders to not discrimination
based upon their socioeconomic status.
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Misconception 2 You cannot recover from an
eating disorder. Recovery is possible as long as
the person with the eating disorder is dedicated
and commits to the recovery processes, which
often involve visiting a professional counselling
center for support and counselling services.
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Misconception 3 A person with an eating
disorder can stop whenever they want. Eating
disorders often have strong physical, emotional,
and mental ties that are related to other
underlying problems
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and issues, such as depression, low self-esteem,
or other intense emotional states. The eating
disorder is merely the persons way of dealing
with these types of problems, so no, they cannot
simply stop. The longer a person practice
unhealthy eating habits it becomes even harder to
overcome them.
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Misconception 4 Men rarely get eating
disorders as it is an illness that only affects
girls and women. While girls and women
previously were among the largest percentage of
those afflicted with eating disorders,
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recent studies are discovering both boys and men
with eating disorders is growing much faster,
compared to girls and women. Eating disorders can
affect tween, teens, and adults - regardless of
their age or sex.
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Misconception 5 It is okay to induce vomiting
if I overeat once in a while and wont lead to an
eating disorder. Making yourself vomit after
overeating and feeling guilty
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because you ate too much food is one of the
underlying symptoms of eating disorders. No, it
is not okay to do this, even occasionally, as it
can further reinforce the behaviour, which can
lead to it becoming more frequent and also harder
to overcome
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Misconception 6 Only people that are
underweight have eating disorders. This
misconception rose from the medias focus on
people afflicted with anorexia.
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However, anorexia is not the only eating
disorder, so you cannot assume just because
someone looks underweight that they have an
eating disorder. In fact, people of all sizes
could have eating disorders
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and could be normal weight, slightly overweight,
obese, or even physically active and fit.
Someones health and well-being should never be
measured by how much they weigh.
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Misconception 7 Parents are to blame for their
adolescents eating disorders. Some people
believe that when tweens and teens develop eating
disorders it is the parents fault.
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But what they fail to understand is most tweens
and teens actually attempt to hide their eating
disorders from their parents. It is not uncommon
for the parents to be the last to know there is a
problem.
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If you or someone you care about has an eating
disorder, help is available at Bayridge
Counselling Centres by calling 905-319-1488
today!
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We offer individual, tween, teen, group, and
family counselling services for eating disorders
and other life issues.     Source-
http//www.bayridgecounsellingcentres.ca/eating-di
sorders-and-misconceptions/
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