What are Eating Disorders?

People affected by eating disorders exhibit a variety of negative eating habits. These habits include severely limiting food intake (anorexia), forcibly removing food from their body (bulimia) or binge eating. Eating disorders are not simply short-term dieting; instead eating disorders are a psychological disturbance in body image, food and eating habits.

Eating disorders are treatable medical conditions. A person may experience one episode or multiple episodes throughout their life. Although most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, eating disorders affect both men and women, and occur in all communities and ethnic groups.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are characterized by negative eating habits that impact the way a person chooses to fuel their body. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating present with different symptoms, but in each case a person will become obsessed with their body image and exhibit excessive behaviors.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA

  • Distorted body image or a self-esteem that is heavily influenced upon body image
  • Extreme thinness and an obsession with thinness
  • An intense fear of gaining weight
  • Obsessive exercising, calorie counting or dieting
  • The use of laxatives, diuretics or enemas to decrease body weight
  • Brittle nails, thinned hair and yellowed skin (caused by a lack of nutrition)

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BULIMIA

  • Recurrent episodes of eating out of control followed by forced vomiting, fasting or use of laxatives and diuretics
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Chronic sore throat, swollen salivary glands
  • Acid reflux disorder and gastro intestinal problems

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BINGE EATING

  • Excessive eating or constant eating
  • Obsession with intake of food
  • An inability to control their eating or caloric intake
  • Negative body image, low self-worth

TREATMENT FOR EATING DISORDERS

Our team identifies treatment methods that not only address eating disorder symptoms, but also the psychological, biological and social forces that contribute to the eating disorder. Our eating disorder treatment program offers clients a comprehensive and holistic path to healthier living and a better quality of life. We offer psychotherapy (talk therapy), individual therapy, group therapy and nutritional support. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a particularly effective method for eating disorder treatment, because it helps clients recognize negative behavior patterns and modify them into positive actions and behaviors, both in a group and individual therapy setting.