All types of eating disorders

“I felt like I didn’t know how to exist without dieting. I had hated my body since childhood and engaged in disordered eating behaviors since middle school. I wanted to finally learn how to eat ‘normally’ and to be okay with my body without learning how to change it. I ended up working with Brenna and am amazed by the progress I have made in that short time. Brenna gave me a lot of resources and support both during our sessions together and via email. Today I have more trust in my body and although I can’t yet say I love my body, I know that it is worthy of love and care.” – Past Client

The Spectrum of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex and can significantly impact your eating habits, body image, and overall health. They are among the most challenging mental health conditions, affecting approximately 9% of the global population. There are many different types of eating disorders, each with its specific characteristics and treatment methods. However, it’s important to remember that no matter whether you align with one of these diagnoses or not – you deserve support and healing. Recovery is possible and seeking help is a courageous first step towards recovery.


Some Commonly Diagnosed Eating Disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa (AN):

This disorder is characterized by a restriction of energy intake and an intense fear of gaining weight. It's important to note that AN can occur in people of all body sizes, and the focus is more on the behavioral patterns rather than weight alone.

Bulimia Nervosa (BN):

Bulimia often episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors like purging. Individuals with bulimia may feel a lack of control when binging. People tend to engage in binge and purge behaviors regularly and often for an extended period of time. It is important to note that purges can take shape in various forms beyond vomiting, such as laxative use or exercise. 

Binge-Eating Disorder (BED):

The most common eating disorder in the United States, BED, is marked by instances of eating large quantities of food in one sitting. Binges typically involve people eating past the point of discomfort. The main differentiator between BED and bulimia is that BED is not usually accompanied by purging behaviors.

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID):

Unlike anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, ARFID tends not to be motivated by body image concerns. Instead, AFRID is usually about a lack of interest in food or a sensitivity to certain sensory characteristics (sight, texture, etc.).

“Atypical” Anorexia Nervosa (AAN):

This form of anorexia involves similar behaviors to traditionally diagnosed anorexia nervosa but without the individual being at a significantly low body weight. The term “atypical” is actually a misnomer, as only 8% of individuals with anorexia clinically qualify as being medically underweight. The dangers of atypical anorexia nervosa, however, are no less severe. This is a powerful piece in the New York Times that discusses how the focus on weight can prevent many from getting the treatment they need and deserve.

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED):

These categories include disorders that cause significant distress but do not meet the full criteria for the other specific eating disorders.

Less Common But equally important Eating Disorders

Less Common, But Equally Important Eating Disorders

Compulsive Eating:

Characterized by eating past the point of fullness in response to emotional triggers.

Exercise Addiction:

An obsessive pattern of excessive exercise causing psychological and physical harm. Some people use exercise as a form of purging calories, which accounts for the term “exercise bulimia.”

Night Eating Syndrome (NES):

This involves significant night-time food consumption that may disrupt sleep patterns.

Orthorexia Nervosa (ON):

 An obsession with "healthy" eating to the point that it becomes harmful, disruptive, and detrimental to one’s physical and mental health.

Pregnancy-Related Eating Disorders:

Fear of pregnancy-related weight gain leading to restrictive eating behaviors and excessive exercise.

Our Mission at The Wellful

At The Wellful, our mission is to simplify nutrition and health, empowering you to live a life free from the constraints of diet culture. We understand that the road to recovery is unique for everyone and we’re here to support you with personalized, non-diet nutrition therapy and body image counseling. Our approach is weight-inclusive, recognizing that health and wellness are achievable at every size.


How We Can Help

Our program offers a safe space for healing and growth. We provide tailored nutrition therapy and education to help you rebuild a healthy relationship with food and your body. Our services are grounded in understanding and addressing the ‘why’ behind your eating behaviors, not just the ‘what’.

You Are Not Alone

Eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, but with early intervention and the right support, full remission is possible. At The Wellful, we’re dedicated to helping you find freedom from diet culture and food guilt.

We believe in a future where you can fully show up for yourself, free from the constraints of disordered eating.

You are not Alone

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We invite you to explore our resources, connect with us, and embark on your journey to recovery. Remember, being human is hard, but in this community, you’re never alone. We’re here to celebrate your progress and remind you of your strength every step of the way.

If you’re ready to get started, we encourage you to reach out. Call us at (925) 725-2761, send an email to, or schedule a free 15-minute consultation with Brenna today.