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Eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating, can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Eating Disorder TreatmentEating disorders affect over 70 million people around the world. Most disorders begin when individuals are young, during the most naive years of their life. Studies show that 42 percent of girls in 1st-3rd grade want to be skinnier and 80 percent of them are afraid of becoming fat. Eating disorders affect both men and women; however, women are affected more, especially because of advertising and the social acceptance of skinny women versus those who are a little out of shape.

Medical experts say that eating disorders are mostly psychological, being caused by low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, anger and loneliness. Other factors include the inability to adapt to situations, parental separation, a history of psychiatric problems, negative comments about eating and the social pressures to be thin. These factors may not be the cause of the eating disorder but they definitely contribute to them.

Scientists have yet to determine the exact biological and chemical factors for eating disorders; however, they have found that there are certain brain chemicals that control appetite, hunger and digestion. They mostly contribute eating disorders to their immediate environment, social acceptance and psychological issues.

Eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating, can be life-threatening if left untreated. For example, 20 percent of people struggling with an eating disorder will die, with Anorexia Nervosa having the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness. There are plenty of facilities nationwide with the tools to help combat these disorders.

During treatment, patients should expect to receive supervision, as well as:

  • 24 Hour meal supervision
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family and group therapy
  • Medication supervision
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Case studies
  • Meetings scheduled with associated disorder groups
  • Personalized recovery treatment
  • Meal planning
  • Coping with stress
  • Holistic programs in art therapy or yoga

Not only will treatment teach coping skills and healthy eating but they will also teach how to cultivate positive self-esteem. The power of self-esteem in significantly underestimated; it can affect everything about you, such as how you feel about yourself and what possibilities your life is capable of.

Self-esteem has the power to effect:

  • The possibilities of success or failure
  • Thought process and views about the world
  • Self-image dealing positively or negatively
  • Valuing yourself and others
  • Employment viewpoints
  • Feelings of happiness, health and wellness

Anorexia Nervosa

Those who suffer from anorexia nervosa envision thinness as perfection. They might also be part of a large family where one or more of the children may suffer from it as well. It might have been developed as a result of an eating conflict or struggle around food.

Bulimia Nervosa

Like all eating disorders, the cause of bulimia nervosa is unknown; however, there are a few contributing factors, such as psychological issues. The symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Dissatisfaction
  • An obsessive need to diet or fast
  • Social pressure to look thin

Binge Eating

Binge eating is characterized by individuals consuming massive amounts of food each time they eat followed by vomiting. One of the signs to look for is the amount they eat is well beyond what any normal human being should eat and somehow they remain relatively normal in body weight. Like all other eating disorders, the exact cause is unknown but it is contributed to by social pressures and psychological problems.

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