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.
 

EATING DISORDERS

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

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:

  • An obsession with thinness,
  • A distorted body image,
  • Emaciation
  • Starvation
  • Irregular (or absent) menstrual cycles.
  • 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

    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:

  • Indications of binging and purging
  • activities,
  • Chronic throat irritation,
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Calluses on the knuckles.
  • 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

  • Episodes of excessive overeating (i.e., eating significantly more than what most people would eat in a similar period of time.)

  • Feeling distressed about these episodes of overeating.
  • During episodes of over eating, you continue to eat, despite no longer feeling hungry.
  • You feel like you have no control over your eating (e.g., not being able to stop eating, feeling compelled to eat, and going back for more food despite feeling full.)
  • You feel embarrassed, disgusted, or guilty by how much you ate during episodes of overeating.
  • You have made yourself vomit as a means to control your weight.
  • You have binged and then starved yourself as a means to control your weight.
  • You have binged and then over exercised as a means to control your weight.
  • 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,

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterized by both of the following:
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  • Eating in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), and amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar amount of time under similar circumstances.
  • A lack of control during overeating episodes (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
  • The overeating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
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  • Eating much more rapidly than what's considered normal.
  • Eating until or past feeling uncomfortably full.
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
  • Eating alone due to embarrassment of how much one is eating.
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after an overeating episode.
  • 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.

    Eating Disorder Treatment

    Eating disorders are severe illnesses caused by complex intersections of psychological, biological, and societal factors. They require individualized, comprehensive treatment. Clarity Clinic, located in Chicago, has a skilled team of therapists, psychiatrists, and nutritionists that work together to create personalized eating disorder treatment plans for patients struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

    Please call us at (312) 754 9404 or schedule an appointment online to start your journey to mental and physical wellness.