Eating Disorders

What Is An Eating Disorder?

Often times the term “Eating Disorder” is misused, which is very disheartening. Anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or who loves someone struggling with an eating disorder understands the complete devastation and toll it can take on ones life.

An eating disorder is not a diet, it is not about attention, it is not about lack of control, or being difficult. Eating disorders are characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or eating-related behaviors that result in impairment of physical health and/or psychosocial functioning. An eating disorder completely takes over a person’s life and can be life threatening.


At Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver and Associates, we take the treatment of eating disorders very seriously and understand the complexity, patience, time, and support needed in order to fully recover.

Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver has been recovered from her eating disorder for over 25 years and has dedicated her life to helping others suffering from eating disorders (read her CV here). She is also dedicated to training new professionals on how to treat eating disorders and continually strives to be aware of the latest research on eating disorders available.

The Three Main Types of Eating Disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder

Eating disorders can share similarities but also have many differences, so feel free to click on the specific eating disorders above to learn more about them each respectively.  

Many people believe that eating disorders are all about the food, however, it is usually about deeper underlying issues and food presents itself as the symptom.

At Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver and Associates, we address the complexities of having an eating disorder such as:

  • Family Factors
  • Social/Cultural Factors
  • Addictive Components
  • Individual Psychological Issues
  • Previous or Current Trauma
  • Biological Factors
  • Using Food as a coping mechanism to deal with life

We also understand that having an eating disorder is not an easy thing to let go or overcome and that there is not a “one-size fits all” model of treatment. We will work comprehensively with other professionals to provide you with the best possible care. We also work with family members (when the client is in agreement) to provide well-rounded treatment and support to the person suffering from the eating disorder.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, please contact our office today and take that important first step towards finding happiness and finally making peace with food once and for all.