Eating Disorder

Seeking treatment for one’s eating disorder is an enormous step that can feel completely liberating and terrifying simultaneously. We acknowledge that not all those who suffer from eating disorders are able to identify their disorder, seek treatment, and begin the process of recovery.

However, for whatever reason you are here, reading this right now. We want you to know that we are so proud of you for taking the first step. We will never stop reminding you that you are never alone and that we are ready, willing and able to help you in whatever way you need. This road ahead of you may seem scary and long, full of so many unknowns – but we are with you every step of the way and we can’t wait to meet you.

Eating Disorder Counselling in Hamilton

We are a group of highly skilled and trained experts who are competent and capable of helping those who have an eating disorder or struggle with disordered eating. We meet our clients exactly where they are and move forward with them on their path to healing and eventual recovery. Our counselling services look a little different for everyone and we are happy to tailor our approach to suit the needs of the individual.

About our Expert Doctors

Our unrivalled doctors have the skills and tools necessary to lead you on a path to healing and recovery. Working through an eating disorder is an enormous emotional commitment that requires time, vulnerability and resilience. It is a unique journey that can at times feel like progress is simply not possible. But, with the help, guidance and nurturing of our doctors and staff, we will make sure that your journey is never without a companion and your experiences are validated, your struggles are recognized and your successes are celebrated. Our doctors are uniquely trained to the needs of those with eating disorders and disorder eating to ensure that you are being seen, heard and respected.

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Eating Disorder Statistics

Eating disorder prevalence is higher than what is documented
  • Approximately 1 million Canadians have an eating disorder diagnosis
  • Eating disorders affect at least 9% of the population worldwide
  • Less than 6% of people with eating disorders are medically diagnosed as “underweight”
Anorexia and bulimia affect women more, while Binge Eating Disorder affects both genders equally
  • About 90% of people diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia are women
  • Subclinical eating disorders inclusive of purging, laxative use, and fasting are equally common among men and women
  • 28 – 74% risk of eating disorder through genetic heritability
Adolescents and young adults are at a higher risk of developing eating disorders
  • Between 12 – 30% of girls, and 9 – 25% of boys aged 10 – 14 report dieting to lose weight
  • The incidence of eating disorders in children is 2 – 4x greater than Type 2 Diabetes
  • 42% of 1st to 3rd grade girls wants to be thinner
  • 91% of women in post-secondary education are admitted to controlling their weight through dieting
Eating disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses.
  • Approximately 56% of those with Anorexia, 95% of those with Bulimia, and 78% of those with BED meet the criteria for at least one other mental health diagnosis
  • Anxiety disorder is the most common co-occurring mental health diagnosis
  • Approximately 42% of those with Anorexia, 70% of those with Bulimia, and 46% of those with BED also have a depressive disorder diagnosis

Our eating disorder treatment team works with you to achieve full recovery from your eating disorder. We offer appointments in person, online or a combination of both.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Right now, is the most stable place I’ve ever been… emotionally, physically, mentally, all multi-dimensions. I’ve never felt this stable and been able to maintain it for this long. It’s the opposite of everything I’ve ever felt when I’ve been in the eating disorder. All I can think of is day/night, black/white, it’s totally different in the best way.
I don’t know if this is just me, but with my eating disorder there was just so much shame. So it wasn’t just about being supported, it was being accepted and not judged that provided me with the courage to go out in my own life and open up and share my story with my loved once and be honest with them. And it’s also really helped me have some acceptance towards myself, which has been huge.
Over the course of my recovery, my team not only helped me actually overcome my eating disorder but also really allowed me to release judgement and loathing towards myself so that I could go out into the world and build stronger bonds and not be so afraid of relationships and intimacy. To me that’s huge. I just felt so alone all the time - so eating disorder and symptoms aside - my recovery journey has really allowed me to be in my life and connect with people in a way that I missed. And I needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start treatment?

The first step is a complimentary phone consult. This gives us a chance to speak with you about your situation, tell you about the program and figure out if we are a mutual good fit.

How long does treatment last?

It is different for everyone depending on where you are at in your recovery journey when you start. Most people are working with our team regularly for one year.

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

If your relationship with food or your body feels intrusive or like it’s taking up a lot of your time, it indicates disordered eating patterns. Ideally, food and your body shouldn’t be impacting your job, relationships, social life, hobbies, happiness, etc. When you have an eating disorder, they do.

What treatment programs does EatWell offer?

Eating Disorders require an interdisciplinary team to support clients on their road to recovery. The treatment programs at EatWell are outpatient programs. We specialize in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders through holistic healing, psychological assessments, and more. Our interdisciplinary treatment team consists of naturopathic doctors, social workers, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. We work with you to help you recover from eating disorders such as anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, orthorexia and OSFED.

What can I expect from the treatment program?

Each person’s experience of living with an eating disorder or disordered eating patterns is entirely unique, therefore, we customize your treatment for you. Whether you fit the criteria of anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS, binge eating disorder or otherwise, your eating disorder is unique and you may require a different approach from someone else suffering from a similar disorder. Each patient can expect clinically sound, professional treatment from a warm and caring team.


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What are the types of eating disorders?

Eating disorders are complicated mental health issues exhibited through abnormal eating habits, characterized by obsessions with food, body shape or body weight. Common types of eating disorders include bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, orthorexia, OSFED, and purging disorder.

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is a restrictive eating disorder, marked with severe caloric restriction often resulting in a dangerously low body weight. People with anorexia have a tremendous fear of weight gain and a distorted perception of their body. Some exercise compulsively or purge. It’s important to note that not all patients with anorexia will be visually underweight and also that the intrusive thoughts can remain even after refeeding/weight gain takes place.

What is bulimia?

Bulimia is a condition characterized by bingeing and purging. A person will eat a large amount of food in a short period of time and will feel out of control while doing so. As a means to compensate for this, they will purge – either through self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, laxative or diuretic use.

What is orthorexia?

Orthorexia is an obsession or fixation with “healthy” or “clean” foods. People with orthorexia take “healthy” eating to risky extremes. They are driven by a desire to only consume “pure”, “healthy” food and develop an irrational fear of any food considered “unclean”. They will over-identify food as the cause of undesired physical or mental health symptoms they experience, which intensifies the obsession. They are preoccupied with a “perfect diet” and many do become underweight due to the extreme restriction.

What is binge eating?

This is an eating disorder exhibited through recurring episodes of eating uncontrolled, large quantities of food in a short period of time to the level of discomfort often in the absence of hunger.

What is OSFED?

OSFED stands for Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders and describes individuals who have significant eating disturbances or eating disorder symptoms that cause distress and functional impairment, but do not meet the strict criteria for bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

What does purging mean?

Purging refers to an eating disorder where an individual uses purging behavior to control or manipulate their body weight and shape. Purging behavior includes self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, use of laxatives, and fasting.

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