Though the symptoms are a manipulation of food and weight, eating disorders are not about food. When food and emotions are woven together, Ilyse supports her clients to untangle these two separate entities and learn to feed themselves in a healthier and more supportive way. She works in conjunction with a team of therapists and medical professionals. Recovery rates for people with eating disorders vary considerably. The sooner treatment is initiated, the better the prognosis.
There are three main categories of eating disorders: restrictive eating which is called anorexia nervosa, binge/purge cycles or bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders go beyond the desire for weight loss and self control. They masquerade as diseases about food. Food, calories, and weight obsession double as distractions from other emotional struggles, possible trauma, and unaddressed control issues. The focus on food is an unconscious way of coping with deeper emotional conflicts. Eating disorders can also act as a vehicle to express psychiatric issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders.