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Eating Disorder Treatment in Florida

Eating Disorder Treatment

An eating disorder involves a patient over preoccupation with their body, exercise and the way they eat. Typically, eating disorders are more than wanting to lose some weight or wanting to look better period they become an obsession that can change a person’s physical and social lifestyle. There are several eating disorders, some of which are detailed below. Most importantly, those who are experiencing eating disorders should receive treatment as soon as possible. Earlier treatment can prevent some of the irreversible consequences of long-term untreated eating disorders

Anorexia: Besides the physical signs and symptoms, anorexia nervosa (AN) is usually characterized by an intense fear of weight gain. Typically, people with anorexia will restrict their calories to an amount that is not sustainable long-term.

While many people think of anorexia as being very thin and having a low body weight, we know this is not the case. Many people who struggle with anorexia find that their weight stays the same, which can contribute to some of the stigma surrounding this eating disorder.

Some of the best ways to treat anorexia include nutrition therapy about the importance of restoring our food intake. We do this by discussing thoughts and fears about eating and set small realistic goals to help slowly move toward healthier eating patterns. We will work together to come up with an eating plan that is right for you.

Bulimia: This eating disorder is characterized by bingeing or eating more than is considered normal for one sitting, followed by episodes of purging. While purging is commonly thought of vomiting, other types of compensatory behavior may include over exercising or laxative abuse.

While the goal of this eating disorder is often weight loss, we know that people struggling with this bulimia do not often lose weight. As a result, this eating disorder often goes undiagnosed and therefore not treated.

As part of treatment for bulimia, we will work together using nutrition therapy to help find the root cause of these habits and set goals together to develop healthier coping mechanisms. Nutrition therapy doesn’t just have to include a meal plan – we will work as a team to decide what the best course of action is based on your individual needs.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED): This is one of the most commonly misunderstood eating disorders. BED has a stigma that can make it very difficult for clients to seek help. It is typically characterized by periods of bingeing or eating very large amounts of food in one sitting.  Often, clients struggling with BED find that they are out of control around food.

Many people who struggle with BED feel that this particular eating disorder is stigmatized, since there is no purging or other compensatory behaviors with the goal of weight loss. This can lead to feelings of guilt around eating, and behaviors such as hoarding food and eating in secret are not uncommon.

We will work together to create a nutrition plan as part of your treatment for BED. We will unitize nutrition therapy to understand the root cause of the bingeing and come up with realistic nutrition goals to help work toward healthier and more comfortable eating patterns.

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