Eating disorders are serious medical conditions that arise from unhealthy feelings and behaviors concerning food. These disorders typically negatively affect the social, psychological, and physical well-being of those suffering. Eating Disorders are characterized by an intense fixation on body weight that may also be accompanied by social isolation, coexisting mental illnesses, and health deterioration. The experienced psychiatrists, therapists, and nutritionists at Clarity Clinic, located in Chicago, can diagnosis and treat your unhealthy relationship with food and body weight.
Eating disorder rates are higher among women than men, and most commonly appear during adolescence and emerging adulthood. It’s important to note, however, that eating disorders afflict individuals of all ages and genders. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa, often referred to as anorexia, is characterized by an unnatural obsession with weight loss and intake control. Individuals with anorexia often hold a distorted body image, believing that they need to lose weight even when they are unhealthily thin. They limit themselves to consuming very small quantities of food while painstakingly monitoring portions and calories.
Signs of anorexia include:
Without anorexia treatment, the disorder may progress to causing low blood pressure, anemia, bone thinning, heart damage, brain damage, organ failure, and death.
Bulimia nervosa, which is often shorted to bulimia, is characterized by repeated patterns of binging and purging. Binging refers to the consumption of a large quantity of food in a limited amount of time while feeling a lack of control over this behavior. An episode of binging is often followed by feelings of guilt or disgust that lead to purging: attempting to rid oneself of the calories consumed during a binge in an unhealthy manner. Purging may occur in the form of self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise.
Signs of bulimia include:
It is important that individuals struggling with this illness seek bulimia treatment to avoid the possible side effects of bulimia, such as dehydration, gastrointestinal issues, electrolyte imbalances that can lead to severe heart problems, and even death.
Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D)
Review the following symptoms associated with B.E.D. to see if it describes your eating habits. If any of this seems familiar, make an appointment today at 312-754-9404
Any of the previous three scenarios may indicate either Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is not associated with any other eating disorder, such as Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa.
Binge Eating Disorder is defined as,
If these symptoms are present and binge eating takes place at least once a week for three months, it may be B.E.D.
Binge Eating Disorder is a real medical condition that affects an estimated 2.8 million US adults, based on a national survey. It is the most common eating disorder among adults in the US compared to anorexia and bulimia. Additionally, the condition can affect both women and men.
Unlike people with other eating disorders, people with B.E.D. don't routinely try to "undo" their excessive eating with extreme actions like throwing up or over-exercising. Binge Eating Disorder is not part of another eating disorder.