Feb 26th – March 4th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and we don’t want to let it pass without acknowledging the importance of awareness around this issue.
By now, most of us know that eating disorders are very serious and may even be life threatening. Millions of people Americans suffer (90% are girls and women) from various types of eating disorders including:
Anorexia Nervosa – people suffering from this disease see themselves as overweight, even when they are starved or malnourished. Anorexia nervosa is among the most deadly of all mental illnesses. Don’t wait to seek help.
Bulimia Nervosa – this disease is characterized by a cycle of bingeing and purging (self-induced vomiting).
Binge Eating Disorder – repeatedly consuming large amounts of food to the point of extreme discomfort.
There are other eating disorders that also cause distress and harm such as Compulsive Overeating, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED).
As stated above, these are all very serious and can have critical affects on the body including changes in blood pressure, reduced muscle mass, dehydration, gastric rupture and more.
But help is available – and recovery is possible. Inpatient, outpatient and day programs are all options — and the sooner a person gets help –the higher the chance of a successful recovery.
The first step in recovering from an eating disorder is to diagnose it. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, you may want to start by taking a brief and confidential assessment to determine if it makes sense to contact a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. Resources for these online assessments, as well as information on treatment include The Emily Program and National Eating Disorders Association.
If you are concerned about an eating disorder, please take action now. Call us anytime you have concerns about your health. 651-209-6263.