Myths and info about eating disorder treatment

Although millions of individuals suffer from eating disorders, there is a significant amount of misinformation on the topic.  Separating myths about eating disorder treatment from the facts can be a challenge, but is extremely important in order to help anyone who has fallen victim to anorexia, bulimia or other related illnesses.

Consider the following myths about eating disorders (and the facts behind the information):

Myth:  Eating disorder treatment is only for women

Fact:  Eating disorders impact both men and women.  According to several studies, men make up approximately 10% of all cases seen at eating disorder treatment centers.  And many believe that this number should be even higher, but men generally do not report these types of issues to their doctor or psychiatrist.

Myth:  Eating disorder treatment is only for anorexia

Fact:   While anorexia remains one of the most common, and dangerous eating disorders, treatment centers also see a wide range of food-related illnesses, including:  bulimia, binge eating and others.

Myth:  When people feel thin enough, they don’t need eating disorder counseling

Fact:  When an individual has an eating disorder, they do not think in logical terms.  To them, there is no such thing as “thin enough”.  Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia warp the way the individual sees themselves,

Myth:  Eating disorders aren’t fatal, so there’s no urgency for treatment

Fact:  Many individuals with eating disorders have died from the disease, even while under a doctor’s care.  Bulimia and anorexia are both incredibly deadly during their late stages and can result in heart failure or other forms of sudden death.

Myth:  It’s easy to tell who needs eating disorder treatment just by their appearance

Fact:  Many people mistakenly believe that only those individuals who are rail thin could be suffering from an eating disorder.  In fact, bulimia sufferers are often normal weight, or even overweight during the course of their illness.  And even anorexics, who are easier to recognize by appearance, may wear baggy, loose fitting clothing in order to mask their body’s form.  Those who are in desperate need of anorexia counseling or bulimia treatment do not always show it in their outward appearance.

Myth:  Throwing up is only method of purging.

Fact:  While vomiting is the most common form of purging engaged in by those with an eating disorder, there are methods utilized by individuals with bulimia and other illnesses, including:  excessive exercise, enemas, abuse of laxatives, insulin abuse and fasting.  All of these forms of purging can be highly dangerous and can cause serious illness or even death.  With excessive vomiting, a primary symptom of bulimia purging, the individual may experience a corrosion of the teeth and gums due to the acid brought up from the stomach.     

At Moonview Sanctuary, there is hope for those struggling with an eating disorder such as bulimia and anorexia. Through their groundbreaking Transformation Health Program, Moonview uses holistic practices and advanced neuroscience to help rebuild the self-esteem of the individual and help them carry through to a healthier, more stable life. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today if you, or someone you know is suffering from anorexia and needs a helping hand.

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