In 1989, Turning Point of Tampa developed what is now a nationally recognized Eating Disorders/Food Addiction Program for clients with Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, and Anorexia Nervosa. Focusing on food as an addiction, we utilize a comprehensive 12-Step based treatment approach. This includes individualized food plans, individual and group counseling, body image groups, meal planning, food shopping, meal preparation, nutritional education, balanced exercise, and assertive communication skills.
The focus of Turning Point of Tampa’s Food Addiction Program is to provide a nutritionally balanced, low sugar, high fiber, caffeine-free food plan that also identifies and eliminates each client’s individual trigger foods as needed. We provide a safe food environment where meals are planned ahead, prepared by the client, and weighed and measured. Meals are eaten together and monitored by staff for added support. At Turning Point of Tampa, clients live with their food, which strengthens the development of daily behaviors and life skills needed to maintain recovery.
At Turning Point of Tampa, our gentle and caring approach to food addiction treatment is based on the 12-Step philosophy, which strives to uncover our client’s personal issues in a supportive and encouraging environment. Our highly-qualified and well-trained multi-disciplinary team uses the power of the group setting to address body image, beliefs about ourselves and food, underlying issues that get in the way of recovery, and the process of surrender for total recovery.
As an integral part of our Food Addiction Program, clients meet regularly with their primary therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan with measurable objectives and to address obstacles as they arise. Each client also meets with the dietitian for a complete assessment and then, at least weekly, to develop and monitor a food plan tailored specifically to their needs. The dietitian works hand in hand with the clients, preparing meals, making grocery lists and going on a restaurant outing to help jumpstart the physical component of recovery.
Eating disorders are progressive, addictive, dangerous and potentially fatal for both men and women. Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life. The most common eating disorders and their definitions (according to the DSM-5) are:
Here are some statistics we have found to be vital:
According to the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association):
Eating disorders often develop in the teen and young adult years, although they can develop later in life. Turning Point of Tampa food addiction program treats men and women, ranging from 18 years and older. With treatment, you can return to healthier eating habits and sometimes reverse serious complications caused by the eating disorder.
Most eating disorders involve focusing too much on your weight, body shape, and food, leading to dangerous eating behaviors. These behaviors can significantly impact your body's ability to get adequate nutrition. Eating disorders can harm the heart, digestive system, bones, and teeth and mouth, as well as lead to other diseases.
Some of the health consequences related to eating disorders can be:
If you feel that you or someone you love may have an eating disorder, please consider this brief questionnaire.
Do you see yourself in some of these questions?
Has anyone expressed concern about your thoughts and/or behavior around your eating, body or weight?
Do you think or obsess about food, eating, your body and/or your weight much of the time?
Do you binge on a regular basis, eating a relatively large quantity of food at one sitting?
Do you eat to relieve unpleasant emotions?
Do you eat when you are not hungry?
Do you hide food for yourself or eat in secret?
Can you stop eating without difficulty after one or two bites of a snack food or sweets?
Do you often eat more than you originally planned to eat?
Do you have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment when you eat, or afterwards?
Do you spend a lot of time calculating the calories you ate and the calories you burned?
Do you feel anxious about your weight, body or eating?
Are you fearful of gaining weight?
Do you tell yourself you’ll be happy when you achieve a certain weight?
Do you feel like your whole life is a struggle with food and your weight?
Do you feel hopeless about your behavior with food and/or your obsession with your body and weight?
Do you entertain yourself with thoughts of food and what you are going to eat next?
Do you weigh yourself once, twice or more daily?
Do you exercise excessively to control your weight?
Do you avoid eating or severely limit the amount of food you will eat?
Being totally honest with yourself, do you think you have a problem with food?
Some of these questions can be difficult to answer. Every person is unique, but if you or someone you love is in some way affected by an eating disorder, please call our Admissions Department at (813) 882-3302 / (800) 397-3006 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Community Links
Overeaters Anonymous: www.oa.org
Food Addicts: www.foodaddicts.org
Food Addicts Anonymous: http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org