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How Eating Disorders Develop in Women

The definition of an eating disorder is the over-consumption or under-consumption of food in extreme fashion. Eating disorders are very common, especially in young women. They are often the cause of serious physical and psychological health issues. Oftentimes people with eating disorders begin by eating less or with more moderation, and a certain event or course of events causes their eating irregularity to become extreme. The sufferer then loses control and an eating disorder will often manifest itself.

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Types of Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia: the need to be thin even when your body weight is well below what would be considered normal. It is characterized by excessive dieting or exercise, a fear of gaining weight, an inaccurate body image, or the use of laxatives and enemas.
  • Bulimia: when a person eats extreme amounts of food and then feels a sense of having overeaten. To compensate for extreme eating, they may induce vomiting, use laxatives or enemas, under-eat or over-exercise in order to compensate for their food consumption. Bulimic people are often at a healthy weight, but like anorexics, they feel an extreme sense of anxiety about gaining weight.
  • Binge Eating: occurs when the sufferer cannot control the amount of food they eat and often leads to weight gain or obesity. Unlike bulimics, binge eaters do not purge the food that they eat afterwards, and as a result may suffer from many of the diseases associated with obesity and extra weight.

In all of the above cases, psychological disorders are behind the eating habits, and the results can be substance abuse. It is very important that the sufferer seek specialized dual diagnosis treatment from a licensed facility like Destination Hope. A trained counselor can not only determine the root cause of compulsive eating, but can also treat the addiction that may be the result of the disorder.

You can learn to be healthy and happy through eating disorder recovery. Discover how Destination Hope’s eating disorder treatment center can help you learn to live a life free of anxiety over your body, and find the confidence and self-worth you deserve.

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Most eating disorders are developed in adolescence or when a person is in their younger adult years. However, it’s also possible to develop an eating disorder at a younger or older age. Women account for the vast majority of people with eating disorders. Much like other psychological issues, eating disorders can result in secondary psychiatric or biological disorders including substance abuse, depression or anxiety. Eating disorders can also cause various health issues including heart, kidney, and liver problems that can cause serious damage to the body and eventually even death.

You have the strength and courage to overcome an eating disorder. We will develop a personalized treatment plan for you to get the compassionate therapy you need to learn healthy coping skills, and discover your own self-worth. Speak with our admissions counselors to learn more about our eating disorder treatment center.

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