We’ve all heard the term “eating disorder” and for most it conjures up visions of severely underweight, malnourished (“anorexic”) young women. And while this may be partially true, there are many different types of eating disorders that can impact men, women and children of all ages and they do not always present as dangerously underweight.
So what is an eating disorder? It’s actually a form of mental illness that includes extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. They can have serious emotional and physical consequences. In fact, eating disorder sufferers have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder.
Mel addresses eating disorders for adults and adolescents. Our treatment programs are designed to work in support of your current treatment programs with your doctors, therapists, or treatment centers. By working directly with the sub-conscious mind and energy bodies, our clients often find they are able to go through the process of change and recovery quickly (sometimes months instead of years) and safely.
ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.
Individuals with BDD are preoccupied with one or more perceived flaws in their physical appearance that are not observable to others. In short, they do not see their appearance the way others do.
Body image dissatisfaction can include a wide array of problems related to a person’s perception of and feelings around their weight, size, and appearance. Body image dissatisfaction can affect people of all ages, races/ethnicities, and both males and females.
Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.
Compulsive exercise is most often experienced as part of another eating disorder, although it can also exist on its own. Compulsive exercise can be identified by any number of patterns: exercising for long periods of time; exercising at inappropriate times (i.e., when sick or injured); or exercise that frequently takes priority over other activities in life, such as social events. Compulsive exercise can affect people of all ages, races/ethnicities, and both males and females.
Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.
The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.
Emotional eating is a disordered form of eating that can lead to difficulties with weight loss efforts and can grow into a larger problem like binge eating and obesity.
Approximately 80 percent of individuals with eating disorders are diagnosed with another psychiatric disorder at some time in their life, most commonly depressive, anxiety and personality disorders.
Night eating syndrome (NES) is characterized by a pattern of getting up in the middle of the night to eat and having trouble going back to sleep unless you have eaten.
Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.