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When it comes to eating disorders, the scale can tip both ways. For some, it is eating too little and for others, it is eating too much. Some eat as much as they want then force their bodies to get rid of it one way or another. In any event, if your preoccupation with food is an unhealthy one, you may have an eating disorder.
The National Institute of Mental Health defines eating disorders as a psychological illness that habitually disrupts normal eating patterns. It is one of those secret diseases that keeps people suffering in silence until they become too ill to disguise it any longer. Studies show that over 24 million Americans of all ages and gender suffer with an eating disorder. And According to The National Association of Anorexia Disorder and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
How Eating Disorders Develop
The trigger for an eating disorder condition usually begins with concerns about appearance or image. This is one reason more women than men suffer from this illness. Even so, there are more men suffering with this condition than originally thought. Individuals become preoccupied about their appearance for various reasons. Family members may make unkind comments or their occupation may drive the need to maintain a certain weight, as in the case of models and gymnasts. Soon the preoccupation becomes obsessive and creates belief patterns that drive the illness.
Many individuals who suffer with an eating disorder meet the criteria for mental illness in general and depression in particular. People with depression tend to seek out ways to self-medicate. Food just happens to be one of the ways millions of people choose to soothe themselves, which ultimately leads to binge eating and obesity. Also, according to Karin Jasper, Ph.D. of the National Eating Disorder Information Center, many individuals are cross-addicted to food. This means they binge and purge because it makes them feel bad.
Most Common Types of Eating Disorders
People with this condition have strong feelings of guilt and shame. These emotions drive them to eat more in an effort to feel better. This vicious cycle ultimately leads to excessive weight gain putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Side effects of this condition include dehydration, digestive discomfort, bleeding ulcers, tooth decay and heart attacks.
Treatment for Eating Disorders
Studies show that only 35% of people with eating disorders get treated for the disease.
Akron Drug Treatment Centers encourage sufferers to get the help they need. At our facility we provide a non-judgmental environment in which you can come to terms with the core causes of your condition. We conduct a complete evaluation of your physical, emotional and psychological status at intake. Based on this assessment, we are able to develop a treatment profile and tailor a program of recovery for you.
Upon admittance to our facility, you are assigned a team of specialists that will work with you to fully understand your unique treatment needs and help you to achieve optimum health.
In cases where there are underlying issues such as depression, trauma or another type of mental illness, these concerns are addressed simultaneously with the eating disorder.
Our treatment facility takes a comprehensive approach to restoration of health and the overall wellbeing of our clients. The skillful integration of evidence-based remedies that we provide is designed to help clients not only get well, but be better equipped both physically and psychologically to move forward in their lives after rehab. We have the expertise and skills to take you from where you are to where you are meant to be; living a healthier, stronger and living free from harmful obsessive behavior. At the end of your treatment you will have the education and coping mechanisms that are designed to help you to prevent relapse events.
With our help, eating can be a normal and enjoyable part of your new lifestyle. Call us today if you or a loved one is suffering with an eating disorder at (234) 200-4840.
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