Everyday we are surrounding by different sources that can harmfully impact the way we feel about our bodies. Research has stated that half the girls in grade 6 do not like the way they look and girls in grade three already desire changes with their body. For some poor body image can lead to a serious problem: eating disorder. Eating disorders are the number one chronic health issue girls face today. However, girls are not alone in this struggle with body image, boys also have challenges with the pressure to look a certain way. When someone has an eating disorder their weight is the main focus of their life. They are consumed with weight, grams calories, fat and exercise. Eating disorders can be a way people cope with displaced emotional problems or regaining a false sense of control.
Eating disorders are not just about food; they are complex and can negatively impact a person’s sense of identity, worth and self esteem. Given the complexity of eating disorders, our counsellors work with other professionals to make sure the physical repercussions are addressed while we work through the emotional and psychological issues.