Dr. Kristin Schaefer-Schiumo| Manhasset NY


Eating Disorders

Research currently shows that eating disorders and struggles around consistent healthful eating are becoming more and more common for many Americans. Unfortunately, these challenges also seem to be affecting younger and younger children and adolescents. Whether the tendency is to purge, starve, or emotionally overeat it is critical to understand how your behaviors are triggered by poor eating habits, emotional and psychological cues (depression, anxiety and stress) and genetics. In order to change your behavior with food, you first need to change your relationship with the ways in which you think about and respond to food in your everyday life.

There are several steps that are necessary in order to begin the process of healing and changing your relationship with food. They include:

  • Admitting you have a problem and making the commitment to get help.
  • Working to identify the underlying causes for your struggle around food.
  • Changing the way you think.
  • Working through the feelings and reasons for the behaviors (purge, starve, or emotional overeating)
  • Building a healthy identity and positive self-esteem.
  • Turning food into your friend.

In our work together, we will tackle the importance of nutritional information, exercise, other areas of needed behavioral change, and the emotional factors that lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. Your relationship with food will be positively transformed, leading to perhaps unexpected but gratifying success experiences in other areas of your life.