Left untreated, disordered eating can have long-term medical implications, including:. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are not alone. Many people of all ages struggle with eating and body image problems.
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Left untreated, disordered eating can have long-term medical implications, including: Acid reflux Osteoporosis Kidney infections and failure Liver failure Dental issues Infertility Muscle loss and weakness Esophageal rupture Cardiovascular issues Do you have an eating disorder? Use the following questions to help determine if you or a loved one has an eating disorder. Do you use food to cope with stress or loneliness?
Does the number on the bathroom scale affect your outlook on life?
Are you preoccupied by food? Do you engage in binge eating or purging? Our services include: Psychological assessment and psychiatric evaluation Fitness assessment Hospitalization with a specially designed dietary regimen to help you get stronger Consultation with a dietitian to help you learn how to eat at home after you are discharged Talking with a therapist about your feelings, your relationships or other stressors in your life so you can learn healthier ways to deal with problems and stress Family therapy Medications to help you cope with depression and anxiety Support groups with others who are going through the same journey as you.
Some, but not all, have chaotic eating patterns, binge eating and purging very frequently. Purging is not an effective way of getting rid of all calories eaten which is why many people with bulimia eventually gain weight. Bulimia has an addictive feel because it becomes a way of regulating emotions and helping people cope with life.
This is why people can be bulimic for many years unless an eating disorder specialist properly treats them, using a form of therapy called CBT. They are often able to conceal their behaviour, even from people who live with them. After all, it feels shameful to confess their problems, even to a doctor. The side effects of bulimia however are very harmful and can lead to illness and even death.
We believe that almost half of all overweight people who seek help for their weight problem suffer from this disorder to a greater or lesser extent. Weight loss in itself however will not cure the problem.
Compulsive eating can feel like bulimia nervosa except that sufferers do not vomit or take laxatives to control their weight. They have a sense of overeating, which feels out of control. It feels as if they are taken over by someone else. Binge eaters may feel as if they have no willpower where food is concerned and they may eat in secret, guilty and miserable about their behaviour. Because of their eating habits they are always struggling to avoid gaining weight, often without success.
They may go from one diet to another in the quest for weight loss and eating control. People with BED may binge, eat small amounts continuously, or pick at food from time to time.
Why and How? There is no simple explanation as to why people develop eating disorders and there has been a lot of research into the causes. We know that we cannot simply blame the culture, fashion magazines, family relationships, early traumatic experiences, or abuse or buried psychological problems like depression or anxiety. Eating disorders arise from a combination of personal, family, physical or genetic factors as well as life experiences that may cause someone to be both emotionally vulnerable AND sensitive about their weight and shape.
DIETING has a role to play in the development of an eating disorder, in fact in most sufferers the eating disorder grew out of dieting behaviour. You may often hear it said that the root of eating disorders is low self esteem and certainly for people with eating disorders, their weight plays a very important role in their opinions about themselves prior to the onset of an eating problem.
People who do not develop eating problems may be concerned about their weight but there are other domains in life that influence their self-esteem; these act as a protective buffer.