What's Eating You?


A guide to understanding, recognizing, and treating eating problems

What is an eating disorder
Signs and symptoms of eating problems
Food is not the issue
Who has eating disorders
How to help a friend
How to help yourself
Recovering from an eating disorder, who to contact
Hope Program at Memorial Hospital of South Bend



What is an eating disorder Eating disorders exist when a person's use of food causes increasingly serious problems in major areas of the person's life. There are three major eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating.

Signs and Symptoms of eating problems People with eating problems typically show some of the following problems:

Food is not the issue Even though people with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating become obsessed with food, exercise, and eating, it is important to remember that food is not the issue. People with eating disorders are struggling to cover up problems in other areas of their lives. Anorexia, bulimia, and compulsivve eating are the person's attempts to handle feeling out of control, low self-esteem and low self-worth, feeling inferior, and trouble making decisions.

Who has eating disorders? Anyone can have an eating disorder. Women and men, as well as people from all classes and races struggle with difficult issues in their lives, and eating disorders are a way of coping that many people choose.
Even people that appear happy and successful have struggled with eating issues. Famous people who have gone public with their problems include:
Princess Diana (bulimia), Jane Fonda (bulimia), Elton John (bulimia), Joan Rivers (bulimia), Tracey Gold (anorrexia), Paula Abdul (bulimia).

How to help a friend In a caring and non-judgmental way, approach your friend. Let him or her know why you are concerned and what behaviors you have noticed that alarm you. Say "I am concerned about (the behavior you have notice). I will do what I can to help you."

How to help yourself

Recovering from an eating disorder Recovering from an eating disorder can be a long and difficult proccess. Recognizing that there is a problem and seeking help is the first step. There are many different approaches to treating eating disorders.
Local and National Resources

Hope Program at Memorial Hospital of South Bend When food becomes an obsession. . . there's HOPE
You are not alone
Millions of people in the United States, and hundreds of people in Michiana, feel just the way you do. Confused. Out of control. Guilty.
But with proper care, counseling and education, you can begin to heal. You can learn to accept yourself, gain a neew outlook on life and a renewed feeling of HOPE.
Many others who feel the way you do have sought help and learned to cope with their lives in a healthier way. They found HOPE.
The Program
HOPE is an intensive program that helps you with the medical, psychological, spiritual, nutritional and family aspects of your problems with food. HOPE offers individual and family therapy sessions specially tailored to your needs. Our groupp therapy sessions also address your specific needs while ofering the support that comes from talking to people who really understand what you're feeling.
Ask for Help __ Please
Being out of control is a scary feeling. So is feeling alone. And guilty. But perhaps the scariest part of all is asking for help. You've already taken the first step, now make the next one and call to schedule your free initial evaluation. Someone who understands is waiting to offer you HOPE.
HOPE Program
(219) 284-7151
Free initial evaluation