Numerous types of eating disorders exist, and each benefits from treatment. If someone you love is struggling with a condition such as bulimia or anorexia, take a moment to learn about these types as well as what can be done to help. There is treatment out there. Even if you are unsure where to find treatment options or what to expect, our team at Southworth Associates International can help you. Call our team today at 844.521.0523 to learn more about how we can support you.
Do You Have One of the Types of Eating Disorders?
How do you know if someone you love is engaging in an unhealthy habit? You may be unsure if they have a problem. That’s one of the things that makes having an eating disorder so challenging. It can be hard to know if something is wrong. Some things to think about:
- Eating disorders are harmful to a person’s stomach and digestive system.
- Engaging in these long-term can cause damage to other organs.
- Many eating disorders stem from underlying mental health disorders.
- Many people hide their eating disorder, making it hard to spot what’s happening.
- There is treatment available for most of them.
Take a look at the following types of eating disorders.
Anorexia nervosa is a condition that typically affects teens and young adults and often more women than men. Those who have this condition think they are overweight even if they are very underweight. They try to monitor everything they eat, they don’t eat some types of foods, and put other severe restrictions on what they consume. Some people eat and purge, while others are very restrictive.
Bulimia nervosa is a condition that also tends to appear during teen and young adult years and occurs more commonly in women. Individuals with this condition tend to eat very large amounts of food in a short amount of time, often leading to being painfully full. They feel as though they cannot stop eating. Then, they try to purge themselves of those calories. Some may use diuretics, enemas, fasting, and vomiting to do so.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is also typically found starting in teenage years and later, and affects both men and women. A person generally will eat a large amount of food in a short period of time and tends to feel as though they have no control over their consumption. They do not restrict themselves, and most do not engage in purging behaviors.
Another type of eating disorder is pica, a condition in which a person eats things that are not food. Some examples of this include ice, dirt, soap, paper, hair, cornstarch, or other items. It can happen in children and adults and typically follows those who have mental health disorders.
One of the more recently labeled eating disorders is rumination disorder. A person regurgitates food they have already swallowed, rechews it, and then swallows it again or spits it out. This tends to happen within 30 minutes of eating.
How Can We Help You Get Help?
Knowing a bit about the types of eating disorders can help you to make the decision to get help. If you recognize yourself or a loved one in these conditions, it’s time to reach out for the support needed. Learn more about what Southworth Associates International can do to help you get that help. Some of our services include:
- Family intervention services
- Medical intervention services
- Mental health intervention services
- Programs for recovering nurses
- Physician recovery network
Let Southworth Associates International Help You
Understanding the types of eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, can help you see that your loved one may need some help. Our team at Southworth Associates International wants to help them. Reach out to us today, so we can help you find the support that’s best for your loved one’s needs. To learn more, call 844.521.0523 or connect with us online.