Eating Disorders: Why is it important to get help? How can your healthcare providers help?
The last week of February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Why is it important to get help? How can your healthcare providers help you? Richmond health coach Sarah Brawley offers a few thoughts. Watch the video below and read on for a full recap.
Why is it important to get help?
First off, why is it important to get help? It's always super important to be communicating with your healthcare providers about what's going on. If you feel like you're showing signs or habits that are looking like you're having an eating disorder, or you've had an eating disorder in the past, let your healthcare provider know what's going on.
They'll be able to talk you through it, or they'll be able to point you in the right direction, whether that's resources or to refer you to a more specialized person who specializes in eating disorders.
Eating disorders, not only affect our physical health, they also affect our mental health, so t's super important to be talking to your healthcare provider about what's going on.
How can health coaches help you?
And then how can we as health coaches be helping you if you have an eating disorder or if you had one in the past and still sometimes struggle with that?
As health coaches, with the help of your other healthcare providers, we can help co-create a plan. So if you have specific goals that you want to meet, we can help keep you accountable. We can write those down. Check in with you.
We can also be just a listening ear. So if you have scenarios or situations that come up, that you're not sure how to handle, we can help role play through those situations. Or we can just offer suggestions or advice.
And like I said, we're here to listen and to support you. Ultimately, if you guys ever feel like you're struggling with these things, please let your healthcare provider know. They are the person that wants to know, but our health coaches here at PartnerMD are happy to talk you through those scenarios and situations and be a listening ear.
And you can always reach out to your local PartnerMD office and schedule an appointment with one of our health coaches. Remember: one-on-one access to our health coaches is included with your membership.