Eating Disorders

The National Women’s Health Information Center Says

Eating Disorders are real illnesses that can affect how we eat and how we feel about food. They can be treated to help people who have them have healthy and full lives. From time to time, we all change our eating habits. Sometimes we reduce the amount of food we eat or go on a diet to shed some pounds, or we eat more to gain weight. These can be healthy ways to control or reach our ideal body weight. But, people who have eating disorders have unhealthy ways, or patterns, of eating. They may eat to much and become over weight, or too little and become very thin. Sometimes a person can eat so little , or nothing at all, they actually begin to starve. This is called Anorexia Nervosa. A person can also eat an extreme amount of food all at once and then do things like over exercise, vomit, or take laxatives to prevent weight gain. This is called Bulimia Nervosa. A person may not be able to control the need to overeat, often keeping it a secret. This is called Binge Eating Disorder. People can also have wrong ideas, or misconceptions of their body weight. People with eating disorders can feel certain they weigh to much, even though they may be well under weight for a person their size. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, races, and income levels. But, these disorders affect women much more than they do men. Women make up over 90 percent of people with these disorders. Without treatment, an eating disorder can take over a persons life and cause serious illness or death. People who have eating disorders can have Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), heart problems, depression, anxiety, and may turn to drugs and alcohol for relief. If you or a loved one thinks that they may have an eating disorder call our 24 hour assessment and referral line at (888) 310-3400 for a no cost confidential assessment.