Eating Disorders Treatment
Eating disorder treatment impacts both men and women around the world. There are three main forms of eating disorder: anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. What many people do not realize is that an eating disorder not only involves physical components, such as an individual’s weight or physical health. At the root of the disorder are mental, psychological, and emotional issues which must be treated and cannot simply be overcome by willpower alone.
Anorexia nervosa causes individuals to eat little or no food, often starving themselves out of fear of gaining weight. Anorexia involves more than simply wanting to go on a diet. It causes a warped perception of body image in which dieting, exercise, and food-related rituals become an obsession or addiction.
Physical symptoms of anorexia include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Low energy
- Low body weight
- Poor sense of balance
- Decreased body temperature
- Decreased pulse rate
- Muscular degeneration
- Decreased blood pressure
- Hair loss
Mental and emotions symptoms include:
- Lack or loss of interest
- Isolation from friends or family
- Obsessive thinking
- Distorted sense of self-worth
Bulimia nervosa involves the ritualistic purging of food, typically after a large meal involving binge eating. The food is purged by vomiting or using diuretics, laxatives, fasting, or excessive exercise in order to avoid weight gain. While bulimia stems from a mental or emotional disorder, the physical impacts can be life-threatening.
Physical symptoms include:
- Low energy
- Loss of dental enamel
- Sore throat
- Gastric complications
- And more
Binge-eating involves habitual overeating. Binge-eating disorder differs from bulimia in that it does not involve the purging ritual after excessive eating occurs. Those with the disorder may overeat due to emotional distress, may eat in secret due to a sense of shame, skip meals, or show anger, anxiety, depression, or shame in relation to eating.
Eating disorders are life-threatening and require diagnosis and treatment by trained professionals equipped to address the physical, mental, and emotional components of a condition. The Freeman Recovery Center team creates a tailored treatment plan that accounts for nutrition, physical health throughout the recovery process, counseling and therapy for emotional or mental links, and continued support.
If you or a loved one wish to learn more about eating disorder treatment, please give us a call today.