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Can therapy help me have a better relationship with food?

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A psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist who specializes in eating disorders can teach you new ways of thinking about food.

For example, you can learn how to replace negative thoughts with more realistic ones. Instead of saying, “I had a cookie and blew it, so I might as well eat the entire batch,” you might try thinking, “It’s OK to have one cookie every now and then.”

Therapy can teach you to view food as a source of energy and nourishment, instead of a way to feel better.

SOURCES:

Brunner, T., , December 2011. Appetite

Christakis, N. July 2007. The New England Journal of Medicine,

Deckersbach, T. , September 2014 Nutrition and Diabetes

Iacovino, J. August 2012 Current Psychiatry Reports,

Jean Fain, LICSW, psychotherapist and teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School.

KidsHealth.org: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

Mathes, WF. June 2009. Appetite,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Brunner, T., , December 2011. Appetite

Christakis, N. July 2007. The New England Journal of Medicine,

Deckersbach, T. , September 2014 Nutrition and Diabetes

Iacovino, J. August 2012 Current Psychiatry Reports,

Jean Fain, LICSW, psychotherapist and teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School.

KidsHealth.org: “Binge Eating Disorder.”

Mathes, WF. June 2009. Appetite,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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