Signs that an eating disorder treatment is needed

Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia affect millions of people every year.  What begins as a struggle with self-image can quickly spiral out of control and bring about irreversible health problems.  The most common eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia, can destroy lives.  And all the while these conditions remain vastly misunderstood by the general public.

In fact, many people think of eating disorders as a disease that only impacts a small segment of the population.  However, consider the following statistics:

  • Over 90% of all those with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 an 25
  • Despite common perceptions of anorexia and bulimia as “women’s diseases”,  10 – 15% of cases are found in men
  • 20% of all women are currently living with what should be considered an eating disorder.
  • 50,000 people die annually as a result of eating disorders.
  • Over 10% of all high school students in the United States have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

But how can an individual know if he or she, or someone they love has a serious eating disorder?

The following are common warning signs that an individual may need treatment for an eating disorder:

  • A preoccupation with appearance or body weight
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Continuing to diet even when the individual is already thin
  • Using laxatives or diet pills to induce weight loss
  • Binging and purging during and after meals
  • Engaging in secretive eating

If an individual exhibits one or more of these behaviors, it is extremely important that they seek professional help immediately.  It also important to note, that many individuals who suffer from these illnesses do not seek treatment themselves, instead falling further and further into the problem as they suffer alone because of the shame they feel.  Friends and family members are urged to watch for these warning signs – and help the individual in question get involved with a quality eating disorder counseling program.

What is an eating disorder treatment program?

When an individual enters treatment for bulimia, anorexia or other eating disorders, the first thing that must be accomplished is getting the physical health of the individual stabilized.  Eating disorders can put a tremendous strain on the internal organs, so a full medical examination is an essential first step to treatment.  Next, the psychological aspect of treatment begins.  During this time, individuals with eating disorders are given a chance to explore the root causes of their illness, and develop strategies that will boost self-confidence, self-image and mental health.

Individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder should contact Moonview Sanctuary today.  Located in Santa Monica, California, Moonview treats the mind, body and spirit of the individual – helping them cope more effectively with their illness while providing them with the strength to become healthy again.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary for more information about their Transformational Health program, and how it can enhance the lives of those with an eating disorder.

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