Eating Disorders

It is a fact that many of us want to look and feel our best. For some, this involves rigorous exercise plans and dieting. For others, it can translate into a behavior that can seriously impact our health. These are known as eating disorders. While it is completely normal to want to achieve the healthiest version of yourself, sometimes a negative self-image can translate into dangerous dieting or purging that can result in bodily damage over time. Eating disorders are conditions that result in restricted eating behaviors that do not allow your body the right amount of nutrition to function properly.

Although for many individuals, body image can be a concern at least once throughout their lives, when self-image becomes detrimental to your overall health this may be a sign that you need the advice of a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are trained professionals with the tools and expert know-how to help you get back to your optimal mental and physical health. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, our psychiatrists are here to help.

Types Of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by extremely low body weight and a perception that the individual’s body weight is heavier than it actually is. This condition is serious and life-threatening, and also involves intense fear of gaining weight. This often leads people with anorexia to go to extreme ventures to keep from gaining weight which can lead to poor nutrition and health. These methods can involve intense dieting and exercise, using laxatives and other medicines, or vomiting food after consumption. If you or a loved one suffers from anorexia, it is important to seek the advice of a trained psychiatrist before the condition becomes life-threatening.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is commonly recognized as an eating and purging disorder, wherein an individual consumes food and then vomits, in addition to restricting their calorie intake during the day. Bulimia is a life-threatening eating disorder that stems from feeling a lack of control over one’s diet. These feelings can include guilt or shame over your appearance and a fear of gaining weight. In these instances, a trained psychiatrist can help get you back on track.

Binge-Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is characterized by overeating, and feeling a lack of control over your diet and body image. Contrary to what you may think, not everyone who suffers from binge-eating disorder is obese. In fact, similar food eating behavior is observed in patients with bulimia and binge-eating disorders. It all comes down to satisfying the chemical craving that these foods have tricked your body into thinking it needs. As with all forms of addiction, however challenging, it is possible to fight and overcome the binge-eating disorder. It requires a dedicated effort, staying committed to a diet and exercise plan as well as support from a professional to keep you on track. Our bodies have incredible adaptive qualities, it just takes time for them to adjust.

Restore A Healthy Outlook And Body Today

Our psychiatrists are standing by to help you on your journey to greater mental and physical health. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder that’s affecting your day-to-day and your overall health, our experts can help. To learn more, contact our team today.

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