Eating Disorders Services

EATING DISORDER SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Are you or your loved one….

  • Preoccupied with weight loss, body image, dieting, control of food?
  • Gaining and/or losing significant amounts of weight?
  • Eating large amounts of food in a very short period of time?
  • Engaging in food rituals (for example, eating only a particular food or food group)?
  • Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals?
  • Frequently checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance?
  • More moody than usual?
  • Having frequent digestive issues?
  • Never feeling attractive enough?
  • (For women and girls) – Showing menstrual irregularities?

If you answered yes to these questions, an initial psychology consultation may be helpful in identifying and treating the problem.

The Many Faces of Eating Disorders

The stereotype of a person with an eating disorder has often been a heterosexual, young, white female. However, in reality, eating disorders affect people of all cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and ages.

athlete eating

About one out of three people who struggle with an eating disorder are boys and men.

Athletes, gay men, and masculine-identified trans men are at highest risk.

Eating disordered behaviors (like binge eating, purging, laxative abuse, and fasting for weight loss) are nearly as common among men as they are among women.

People of colour are significantly less likely to receive help for eating disorder issues.

Eating disordered behaviours (like binge eating, purging, laxative abuse, and fasting for weight loss) and preoccupation with body image occur at similar rates across people of various cultural backgrounds in Canada, including Indigenous women in North America.

trans youth

LGBTQ+ youth and adults face unique challenges that may put them at greater risk of developing an eating disorder.

As early as 12 years old, gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are at higher risk of binge-eating and purging than heterosexual peers.

senior with eating disorder

Eating disorders are often seen as a “teenager’s problem”. However, there is no age limit to eating disorders.

Seniors who struggled with eating disorders and body dissatisfaction earlier in life are at increased risk of these behaviours later in life as well.

Treatment for eating disorders is not a “one-size-fits-all” program.

Our psychologists view each individual as unique, and we take into account a combination of biological, psychological, and cultural factors when providing effective treatment.

Our Psychologists Treating Eating Disorders

Compassionate, knowledgeable clinicians in Burlington & St. Catharines

Our licensed psychologists provide counselling & psychotherapy for kids, teens, and adults presenting with a range of eating disorders and associated conditions, such as:

For children, parents are closely involved in the assessment and treatment process every step of the way.

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Jean Dennis

Psychologist, Supervised Practice (Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors)

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