Body Image and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may disrupt a person’s mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing, and body dysmorphia or negative body image may be clear indicators that someone is suffering from an eating disorder. Body image concerns may present themselves in a number of ways, ranging from negative comments about oneself to obsession over appearance to hiding one’s physical appearance completely. Often, people may experience a complete disconnect between the way others perceive them and the way they perceive themselves. Body dysmorphia, negative body image, and any eating disorders that may result are all mental disorders and must be treated with professional care.

Eating disorders can also present themselves in many ways. Binge eating (typically followed by purging) is a sign that someone may be suffering from bulimia nervosa, while the complete opposite, not eating at all, classifies anorexia nervosa.

People suffering from bulimia may be seen binge eating, consuming excessive amounts of water, rushing to a restroom immediately following a meal, obsessively exercising, and looking generally frail or ill. The cycle of binging and purging takes a massive toll on the body, possibly even causing malnutrition, heart attack, liver and kidney problems, insomnia, hair loss, or osteoporosis.

Anorexia tells a different story, but with the potential for similarly dire consequences. People suffering from anorexia limit their food intake to an extreme, often eliminating food almost completely from their diet. Patients with anorexia often have very high anxiety about gaining weight and very distinctive body dysmorphia. Many cases of anorexia result in death due to malnutrition.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, we have the treatment you need to feel free once again. Free from the burden of obsessing over the reflection in the mirror, free from slavery to food, free from any anxiety. Call us today to find out more about your treatment options.

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