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The Eating Disorders Professionals of Colorado (EDPC) is a Denver Metropolitan based organization of therapists, private chefs, and other professionals dedicated to working with individuals with food, weight, and body image concerns. As a part of our mission of prevention, we provide important community resources, including a speakers bureau of practitioners who are willing to provide community education on eating disorders. 

What is an Eating Disorder?

There are three common eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Compulsive Overeating. The three disorders have in common an extreme preoccupation with food and an over-concern with body size and shape. All represent serious underlying emotional problems that can have life threatening consequences. Often individuals will suffer from symptoms of more than one.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. People diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa restrict food intake to the point of starvation, developing elaborate rituals and routines to avoid eating. Often they see themselves as “fat” when actually underweight.

BULIMIA NERVOSA is a vicious cycle of binge eating (consuming food compulsively in a discreet period of time) and purging by vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, restrictive diets and/or compulsive exercise. People with this disorder use binge eating and purging to manage difficult feelings and are often secretive about their eating behaviors.

COMPULSIVE OVEREATING (BINGE-EATING DISORDER) is characterized by a preoccupation with food and eating to manage feelings and life issues. Individuals struggling with compulsive overeating typically feel out of control with food intake, and diet continually with little or no visible signs of weight loss.

Do You Have an Eating Disorder?

Take this test and identify the warning signs that apply to you.

  • Preoccupation with food, weight or body image.
  • Negative thoughts about body shape or size.
  • Using vomiting, exercise, diet pills, diuretics or laxatives to prevent weight.
  • Having a secret life which revolves around food and weight.
  • Feeling “fat” even when normal or underweight.
  • Dramatic changes in eating habits.
  • Judging your self-worth by how much you weigh or your body size.
  • Fasting, refusing to eat, or binge eating.
  • Feeling out of control with eating.

If you have identified one or more of these warning signs, you may be at risk for developing an eating disorder.

There is hope... if you have symptoms of an eating disorder, you may want to seek out an eating disorder specialist or hire a chef. Eating disorders require progressive and effective treatment by professionals with special training. A therapist can help you explore the causes of your problem as well as solutions to help you recover. This website includes a resource list of healthcare providers as a step on the path to a freer, more balanced life for you or someone you care about.

It takes courage to pick up the phone and call for help. There is no better time than now to take the next step on your road to recovery!

*Although the Eating Disorders Professionals of Colorado do not endorse these providers, they are part of a network of clinicians and private chefs in NYC, who have joined together to provide this important referral resource. It is important that you choose your therapist carefully, interviewing the clinician as to education, background, and training.