Eating Disorders and Their Warning Signs

Eating disorders are serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. The personal impact – and most effective treatment – is rarely the same between two individuals. No matter the challenges you’re facing, we are here to provide personalized and lasting support.

Eatwell Clinic Toronto has treated thousands of patients with all types of eating disorders, including:

Anorexia: A condition marked by continual episodes of self-starvation and restriction, largely driven by an intense fear of gaining weight and/or poor body image.

Bulimia: A disorder characterized by the consumption of large amounts of food over a short period of time, followed by behaviors – such as self-induced vomiting, laxative usage and overexercise – designed to compensate or undo these binge episodes.

Binge Eating Disorder: Frequent episodes of excessive food consumption in a short time, accompanied by a loss of control and feelings of shame and guilt. Unlike bulimia, binge eating disorder does not involve any compensatory behavior.

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): An eating disorder characterized by highly selective eating, inconsistent eating patterns or both. The eating disturbance rarely coincides with body image concerns and does not occur as a result of a medical condition. It includes some cases of extreme picky eating.

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED): The diagnostic classification, formerly known as EDNOS, given to an individual who may display similar symptoms yet does not fully meet the diagnostic criteria for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.

Orthorexia: Individuals with orthorexia have an extreme fixation with the quality and purity of food; they often follow highly rigid diets based solely on foods perceived to be healthy.

Most cases of eating disorders involve co-existing conditions. Whether you also suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder – or alcohol or drug abuse – our integrated treatment approach will address multiple conditions concurrently.