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Westwind is a private counselling centre specializing in the treatment of eating disorders through our residental program and online counselling services. We are committed to promoting mindful eating, body acceptance and emotional wellness to women and men around the world.

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

EATING DISORDERS COME IN A VARIETY OF SHAPES AND SIZES

An eating disorder can affect anyone regardless of shape, size, age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status.  Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses that affect a person’s physical, mental and emotional health, and have significant and potentially life-threatening consequences.  Eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating disorder include extreme emotions, thoughts and behaviors surrounding food and weight.  Dissatisfaction with one’s body is common in our culture.  In contrast, someone with an eating disorder judges their self-worth largely, or even exclusively, in terms of their shape and weight and their ability to control them.  Eating disorders are often misunderstood – an eating disorder is never a choice, an issue of self-discipline or vanity.  Eating Disorders are issues of control and safety.  Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible!  

IS RECOVERY POSSIBLE?

Full recovery is possible, and absolutely worth it.  You have an identity outside your eating disorder, and you can choose every day, meal, and moment to move towards recovery and freedom.

“I have been 100% free of anorexia and bulimia for the past 8 years, and no doubt, will be free from them for the rest of my life.  I entered your centre as a self-loathing girl, sure of her ugliness and stupidity . . . the centre showed me that I had a whole life waiting for me, a life without self-hatred and self-destruction.  A life with promise and hope.”

IS AN EATING DISORDER A CHOICE?

People struggling with eating disorders often work hard to hide their struggles, which can make it hard to see them as someone with a mental illness.  This leads to a misconception of seeing the eating disorder as an issue of choice, or will and discipline which creates shame for people who are struggling.  An eating disorder is a serious mental illness and is never a choice.  You did not choose the eating disorder, but you can choose to begin your recovery today!

SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

This self-assessment is designed to help you identify if you have some symptoms that may benefit from professional help.  It is meant to help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is not designed to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation.  Answer each item with yes or no. 

  1. Do my feelings about my appearance get in the way accepting myself or enjoying my life?

  2. Do I think about food and weight constantly?

  3. Am I terrified about gaining weight?

  4. Do I feel guilty after eating?

  5. When I eat, am I afraid I’ll lose control and won’t be able to stop?

  6. Do I make myself sick after eating because I feel uncomfortably full?

  7. Do I avoid eating when I’m angry, anxious or disappointed?

  8. Am I secretive or dishonest about my eating with others?

  9. Do I continue eating even after I’m full and am no longer enjoying my food?

  10. Do I eat to numb from distressing feelings?

  11. Do I feel exhilarated or in control when I don’t eat?

  12. Do I exercise no matter how tired or sick I might feel and get upset if I miss exercising?

  13. Do I feel defeated, hopeless or unworthy about food or my body?

  14. Is my appearance really important in how I evaluate my self-worth?

  15. Do I avoid activities, people or situations due to feeling self-conscious about my appearance?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be struggling with negative body image or disordered eating. Connect with us to hear more about how we can help.

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