Eating Disorders Help & Treatment
Eating Disorder Help in Essex & London
Eating disorders can be characterised as a condition that gives the sufferer a very unhealthy relationship with food. Unlike alcohol or drug addiction, this type of disorder has numerous different types.
When Do Eating Disorders Start?
Eating disorders, more often than not, tend to develop during teenage years and are much more common in females however males can and do, very often, suffer with eating disorders also.
No one knows the exact reason or cause for eating disorders however it’s seen that they often coexist with psychological or medical problems such as depression, substance abuse and even anxiety.
Different Types Of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can be grouped into three main different disorders. These are:
Anorexia Nervosa, otherwise known simply as anorexia, is often classed as extreme weight loss that’s brought on by excessive dieting and exercise. This can sometimes be to the point of starvation. Sufferers of anorexia will feel as if they simply aren’t thin enough and continue to picture themselves as fat or overweight despite very extreme dieting and exercise taking place.
Bulimia is characterised by changing cycles that include moments of extreme overeating followed by either purging of that food or other extreme behaviours in order to compensate for that binge eating i.e. long periods of fasting.
Much like Bulimia, overeating or food addiction will see regular episodes of extreme eating. The sufferer will feel a complete sense of loss of control when it comes to food and eating as a whole.
Signs & Symptoms Of Eating Disorders
Signs and symptoms for each condition will of course differ however they all have one commonality, and that’s the signs and symptoms may all appear subtle at first. Eating disorders develop over time and if left untreated, can gradually worsen. Here are signs to look out for, for each condition.
- Dramatic weight loss
- Continued wearing of loose, baggy clothes to hide any weight loss
- Obsessing over calories/food
- Refusal to eat certain foods
- Avoiding meal times
- Halting of menstruation
- Complaints of being fat
- Evidence of binge eating such as empty food wrappers or food disappearing from shelves
- Evidence of purging directly after meals, sounds/smells of vomiting
- Skipping meals to avoid eating in front of others
- Excessive exercising
- Using gum/mouthwash excessively
- Scarred knuckles from induced vomiting
- Disappearance of large amounts of food
- Hoarding of food
- Wearing baggy clothes to hide weight gain
- Avoiding eating in front of others
- Constantly dieting but no weight loss
Eating Disorder Treatment
While someone you know may constantly be ‘on a diet’, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have an eating disorder. It’s extremely important that the difference between an eating disorder and someone simply spending excessive time discussing healthy eating is seen.
If however, after carefully looking at signs & symptoms, you believe they have an eating disorder then treatment by a professional body such as ourselves here at Infinity Addiction, would very much be needed to avoid the eating disorder worsening and potentially taking over their lives.
Treatment for eating disorders can vary greatly, depending on the stage of the eating disorder. While some may benefit from simple outpatient therapies on a regular basis, others may find their condition has become far more extreme and in some cases, with the likes of anorexia and bulimia, inpatient or ‘residential’ treatment is very much needed in order to provide continued care and monitoring along with the necessary therapies. Each case however, much like the person in question, is totally individual.
Speak To Our Team
If you or someone you know may be suffering from one of the above eating disorders, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our team today. Here at Infinity Addiction, our treatment options are tailored not only to the individual seeking treatment but the individual addiction or disorder in question.
With this level of treatment and care, you can guarantee the best chances of success in beating any eating disorder and stepping on a more secure road to recovery. Call today on 0800 3345541.
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