Feeding & Eating Disorders
Feeding and eating disorders and the associated behaviors that result in altered food consumption or absorption can be devastating for those struggling with them, often causing significant damage to their physical health and/or psychosocial functioning.
Natalie's struggles with her weight had been progressing from her childhood through high school, but now that she is in college, surrounded by thin, beautiful women, she has begun resorting to extreme measures to keep her weight down. As the viewer observes her meeting with a therapist, they see firsthand the impact her disorder is having on her life and on her being. Mannerisms and speech provide clues to her diagnosis and give a window into the internal struggle.
Fiona is pursuing therapy to deal with concerns that she no longer has control over her eating habits. She has kept the details of her condition secret from those closest to her, but she is finally ready to open up to a therapist in hopes of getting help. Viewers are invited to watch as she lays out the details of her condition and recounts the impact it has on her life and her health. Subtle and overt clues are provided at the moment that can be used to formulate a potential diagnosis.
Tracy has presented for therapy due to an unhealthy relationship with food and her body. She reports that when she looks at herself, she sees a grossly unfit, overweight person, despite being told that she is actually slim. She states that she often gorges on food, which leads to her over-exercising in dangerous ways to compensate for the food intake. Viewers of this video are taken into the therapy session and are exposed to Tracy's commentary and thoughts on her condition. In her behavior and her words, they can find clues that prepare them to make a diagnosis.