Eating Disorders How Eating May Be Harmful If you eat very little and are still constantly concerned about your weight or body shape, you may have an eating disorder. If you eat a lot all at once, and either purge your consumption, or punish yourself by starving, you are also at risk. Read on to learn about how eating disorders are addictions and what you can do to help yourself. Anorexia Nervosa You weigh yourself several times a day. Or, you apportion your meals over-carefully, or eat very small quantities of only certain foods. Despite your extreme care, everyone around you tells you you’re thin. But you look in the mirror, and are convinced they’re wrong. You likely suffer from anorexia. For anorexics, eating, food, and weight control become obsessions. You might experience a thinning of your bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis), brittle hair and nails, dry and yellowish skin, growth of fine hair all over the body, anemia and muscle wasting, constipation, low blood pressure, slowed breathing, damage to the structure and function of the heart, a drop in internal body temperature, lethargy, and fatigue. Don’t let failing health destroy your life. Get help today: call us 24/7 at 888-288-2062. Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Bulimia Nervosa You don’t starve yourself. Instead, you eat unusually large amounts of food. It’s not something you feel you can control: it just happens. And then afterwards, you do one or several things to purge the food from your system. You may have bulimia. People with bulimia follow their binge-eating by compensating through forced vomiting, using laxatives or diuretics, fasting, exercising excessively (and obsessively), or a combination of the above. People with bulimia usually maintain a healthy or normal weight. But like those with anorexia, they fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape. Bulimic behavior often occurs in secret accompanied by feelings of disgust or shame. You might be experiencing a chronically inflamed and sore throat, swollen salivary glands in the neck and jaw area, worn tooth enamel, increasingly sensitive and decaying teeth as a result of exposure to stomach acid, acid reflux disorder and other gastrointestinal problems, severe dehydration from purging of fluids, and electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to heart attack. Please call us; let us assist you in finding a way out. Call us 24/7 at 888-288-2062. Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Binge-Eating If you are a binge-eater, you have lost all control over your eating. Unlike with bulimia, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, you might be overweight or obese. If you are obese, you are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. They also experience guilt, shame, and distress about their binge-eating, which can lead to more binge-eating. Feel great in your body, and get healthy again. Call us 24/7 at 888-288-2062. Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Obesity You often eat large amounts of food without being able to stop. You seem to continue to gain weight and don’t get out much unless you have to. You may be embarrassed or ashamed of your eating habits or the way you look. Obesity is more than just having a high body mass index (BMI). It is often accompanied by a serious addiction to food. Excessive body fat may already be causing you health problems such as blood sugar control, sleep problems and high blood pressure. Obesity occurs as a result of many factors, including an unhealthy diet and inactivity. However, other diseases, medications and hormone irregularities may also be underlying causes for this illness. In the long-term, obesity can also cause mental health problems such as depression and problems engaging in social activities. Seeking treatment can help you change your behavior, learn to eat right and exercise regularly and work through any psychological problems that may be causing you to struggle to gain control of your food intake. Find ways to feel confident about your body and get healthy again. Call us 24/7 at 888-288-2062. Your confidentiality is guaranteed. Behavioral Addiction And How To Get Help Research suggests that there are links between eating disorders and addictive conditions, such as drug addiction and alcoholism. Both types of addictions create an addictive cycle stimulating your brain’s reward center with the substance or behavior in question. You get a false and temporary sense of happiness or relief. Luckily, there’s a way out. Because of the similarities between an eating disorder and a drug/alcohol addiction, many treatments and therapies work by changing behavior patterns and by addressing root causes. If you struggle with an addictive disorder, know that there is hope for recovery and the prospect of achieving a true and lasting sense of peace, relief, and wellbeing. Treatment options include various outpatient programs or treatment in a residential facility. Whatever the treatment program you choose, continuing care and support after treatment ends will enable you to maintain the behavior changes you have implemented. And once you leave, you may continue visiting a support group, therapist, nutritionist, or other professional or peer group for ongoing support.