Anorexia – Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder.
It is a serious psychological disorder characterized by either a significantly reduced appetite or complete aversion to eating. A patient with anorexia nervosa, often just called “anorexia” (although the meaning is different), has a distorted body image and an exaggerated fear of becoming overweight or obese – so a deliberate effort is made to lose weight.
Binge Eating – Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. The symptoms of binge eating disorder usually begin in late adolescence or early adulthood, often after a major diet. A binge eating episode typically lasts around two hours, but some people binge on and off all day long.
Binge eaters often eat even when they’re not hungry and continue eating long after they’re full. They may also gorge themselves as fast as they can while barely registering what they’re eating or tasting.
Bulimia – Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight.
It affects women and men of all ages. When you’re struggling with bulimia, life is a constant battle between the desire to lose weight or stay thin and the overwhelming compulsion to binge eat. You don’t want to binge—you know you’ll feel guilty and ashamed afterwards—but time and again you give in. During an average binge, you may consume from 3,000 to 5,000 calories in one short hour.
After it ends, panic sets in and you turn to drastic measures to “undo” the binge, such as taking ex-lax, inducing vomiting, or going for a ten-mile run. And all the while, you feel increasingly out of control. It’s important to note that bulimia doesn’t necessarily involve purging—physically eliminating the food from your body by throwing up or using laxatives, enema, or diuretics.
When you make up for your binges by fasting, exercising to excess, or going on crash diets, this also qualifies as bulimia.
Obesity – Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting.
Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is a tool used to measure obesity. Obesity increases your risk of developing related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, to name a few. Many individuals are affected by obesity and are not aware of it.
Eating disorders may develop when a person has no other way to speak or represent their feelings. Frequently family dynamics, faulty communication patterns, losses or other stressors such as abuse contributed to negative feelings they could not deal with directly. It is never a simple matter that can be solved by telling the person just to eat.
The symptoms have become the individual’s way to avoid facing problems more directly or attempts to feel in control when the rest of one’s life feels out of control.
These programs treat children, men, teens, women with Anorexia, Bulimia, and related issues. Additionally, they treat those struggling with binge eating disorder, obesity, and compulsive overeating. Some programs are for adolescents, treating those under the age of 18 and other treatment facilities are for adults treating those ages 18 and over.
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
Through bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment approaches and clinical excellence, patients find the strength to confront their problems, learn the tools and skills to overcome their disorder, then enter recovery. Based on feedback from patients, families and professionals, the vast majority of patients remain committed to a life of health, balance and purpose when having been in the right facility to meet their needs.
Most facilities partner with educational / therapeutic consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dietician and primary therapists. Indeed, the vast majority of their patient referrals come from these professionals. Through inpatient eating disorder and anxiety treatment, they help patients to stabilize and commit to recovery.
Despite the best care, certain patients simply cannot overcome an eating disorder in an outpatient environment.
They require intensive or residential treatment.
The causes and contributors to eating disorders are many and complex.
Eating disorders are often the result of entwining of societal pressures and the individual’s psychological makeup. Unable to feel valued and wanting to attain acceptance through thinness and perfection, the basic human activity of eating becomes fertile soil for the onset and progression of an eating disorder. In the eating disorder recovery process, the family system needs to work together with the individual suffering from the disorder. As each family member takes responsibility for their part of the process, healing begins.
Loved ones find eating disorders extremely difficult to understand and accept.
Seeing someone you love starve or damage their bodies is stressful, and, often, friends, parents, siblings, spouses, teachers and others begin to become intrusive in their efforts to get the person to eat or to stop purging. Soon, the individual may see these people as enemies wanting to control them rather than help.