Do I have an eating disorder?

Women at Magnolia Creek

At Magnolia Creek, we are often asked how to know if someone has an eating disorder. It is common to not know the signs and symptoms, and for many, a sense of shame or guilt about their eating disorder behaviors can make them fearful of going to a doctor. Although an eating disorder cannot be diagnosed without a full professional evaluation, there are questions to ask yourself or your loved one to determine if professional help is needed. 

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

  • Have you ever been concerned about your eating or weight?
  • Has anyone ever told you that they were concerned about your eating or weight?
  • Do you find yourself eating or restricting to cope?
  • Do you spend time on websites that advocate eating disordered behaviors?
  • Do you use drugs or medications of any kind to manage your weight?
  • Have your relationships been strained because of your eating or body image?
  • Do you hide food or eat in isolation or in secret from others?
  • Does your eating or weight make you feel depressed or anxious?
  • Do you believe that others would not want to be with you if you remained your medically ideal weight?
  • Do you believe that you need help?

If you responded “yes” to any of these questions or have concerns about your weight or eating, call Magnolia Creek at 205-409-4220 for further information. We can speak with you about your concerns and offer support.

Can Magnolia Creek help?

Yes, Magnolia Creek can help you or your loved one in finding freedom from an eating disorder. We offer a strength-based and collaborative program that looks beyond the symptoms and behaviors of an eating disorder. Our evidence-based treatment helps to instill a sense of hope and empowerment by encouraging clients to be an active participant in their recovery journey. The therapeutic environment at Magnolia Creek is designed to support clients as the deeply explore the contributing factors related to their eating disorder and to challenge the thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from living their life to the fullest. We provide regular one-on-one sessions with primary and family therapists, dietitians, and medical staff, as well as integrate group and experiential therapy that helps to build confidence, challenge distorted thinking, and develop effective coping skills. For individuals who desire, we offer a Christian Pathway, which encourages spiritual reflection opportunities during treatment.

Magnolia Creek provides treatment for adult women ages 18 and over. Peacefully situated on thirty-six acres that include a private lake, wooded walking trails, outdoor therapy area, and a recovery garden, we offer women a serene, healing environment.

If you have further questions or would like additional information, we encourage you to call us at 205-409-4220 or complete our contact form.


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