Dr. Julia Baird, Psy.D. offers the comprehensive eating disorder treatment residents of Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and the greater Los Angeles area need to regain control of their lives and permanently change the way they think about food. Dr. Baird emphasizes there’s no singular cause of an eating disorder, and that deep exploration is required to uncover the unconscious and subconscious reasons for issues such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating.
With Dr. Baird’s holistic approach to eating disorders in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the many factors that contribute to such problems:
● Psychological Reasons: Depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders are examples of some of the psychological issues that may result in eating disorders. Low self-esteem and feelings related to lack of control also contribute heavily to eating disorders.
● Genetics: Those with close family members such as parents or siblings suffering from eating disorders are at greater risk of developing problems.
● Cultural/Societal Pressures: Societal and cultural beauty standards, which includes obsession with “being thin” often play a large part in eating disorder development. A thin physique is equated not just with attractiveness in American society, but also with success, love, and health. Such skewed definitions of beauty pervade society and make many young people feel inadequate about their appearance.
● Life Changes: New schools, new jobs, breakups, cross-country moves...these and other life changes are examples of “uncontrollable” shifts that may contribute to eating disorders.
These are merely some of the many factors that result in binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, or related eating disorder development. Working with Dr. Baird is the healthy way to discover your issue’s root causes and move forward so you may enjoy a happy, healthy life!