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Eating Disorders

Caused by a variety of emotional, physical and sociological factors, eating disorders can have profound effects on not only the people suffering from eating disorders, but also their loved ones. While eating disorders can take many different forms, the following are the most common:

Anorexia Nervosa
People with anorexia nervosa are obsessed with becoming thin, often starving themselves in pursuit of an impossible ideal. Anorexics can be irrational about their weight, regardless of how emaciated they appear. Low self-esteem fuels the notion that acceptance equals thinness; people with eating disorders like anorexia tend to be perfectionists and high achievers, depending upon others for approval. Side effects of anorexia nervosa include increased heart rate, cessation of menstruation, starvation and death.

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Bulimia causes sufferers to eat large portions of food, and then purge their body of the food by forcing themselves to vomit or taking laxatives. People with eating disorders like bulimia might spend long periods in the bathroom and run water to hide their activities, especially after a meal. Bulimia can cause damage to the body from dehydration, tooth decay and hormonal imbalance.

Compulsive Eating Disorders
Eating disorders also involve the over-consumption of certain types of food. Low self-esteem, secrecy about food intake, depression and food paranoia are characteristic of these eating disorders.

· Binge eating, which is becoming increasingly common, is characterized by frequent overindulgence in high-calorie food, such as fast food, sweets and snacks. Unlike bulimia, however, binge eaters do not purge themselves and instead become overweight.
· Compulsive eaters can be characterized as having an addiction to food, using food and eating as ways to hide from their emotions, fill a void they feel inside and cope with daily stresses and problems in their lives.
· Relatively new in the classification of eating disorders, "Bigorexia," an eating disorder in which sufferers are compelled to overeat, is thought to be the opposite of anorexia nervosa. People suffering from this eating disorder rapidly put on too much weight, putting themselves at risk for obesity-related health complications.

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these eating disorders, it is important to seek help from trained medical professionals in a recovery setting.

Treatment Referral provides referrals to centers that effectively treat eating disorders while addressing the behavior and thinking patterns that directly contribute to the individual's disease. Onsite and referred counselors treat the psyche, while trained medical personnel treat the body.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has a problem with eating disorders, please contact Treatment Referral today and explore the different treatment options available. 800.399.3612

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