Courtney’s Counsel: Seasons


Courtney’s Counsel is a monthly blog by Renewed’s Clinical Director, Courtney Grimes, LCSW. Courtney aims to deliver relevant content by covering the latest trends and offering professional tips and advice. If you feel that you need personalized assistance, please contact the Renewed office at 615.831.9838. 

“Happy Fall, Y’all!” (By: Courtney Grimes, LCSW)

With the colder weather rapidly approaching, many people are excited about sweater weather! Big scarves, long sleeves and tall boots will be unpacked from the closet and showcased all around.

For folks with eating disorders, however, colder weather can prove to be a bit tricky. Here are a few warning signs to watch out for regarding cold weather behaviors!

  • Being underweight can often lead to an extreme sensitivity, or even intolerance, of colder temperatures.  Even when bundled up, those struggling with being underweight or at a very low weight can still complain of being too cold.
  • Colder weather also offers an opportunity to hide weight loss/gain with large coats and baggy layers. Many times those who are suffering from an eating disorder attempt to disguise their changing bodies with multiple pieces of clothing.
  • Along with colder temperatures, fall is also a time of decreased sunlight, as Daylight Savings ends. This can make many of us feel “down,” or “blue” which can result in either a decreased appetite, or looking to food for comfort. Be aware of mood changes throughout the colder season!

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About the Author

Courtney Grimes, LCSW, serves as the Clinical Director for Renewed. She was introduced to the organization in 2005 during her own recovery from an eating disorder and has been involved (and in love) with the organization ever since. Courtney attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Opera Performance. After leaving the music industry, she went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her work with Renewed, Courtney is a psychotherapist in private practice with Symmetry Counseling Services. She is originally from Atlanta, GA.