Some facts about Eating Disorders:
- Anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders afflict an estimated seven million women and one million men.
- People with eating disorders are likely to be depressed, anxious, have low self-esteem, and feel inadequate and guilty when they don’t measure up to their own high standards.
- Anorexic symptoms include severe weight loss, dry skin, cold hands and feet, digestive problems, and secret bingeing and purging.
- Bulimics are generally of average to slightly above average weight. They may have digestive and dental problems, and they secretly binge and purge via laxatives, vomiting, fasting, over-exercising.
- Binge-eaters consume large amounts of food when they are not happy, usually after emotional upset or after stress.
Recently, the occurrence of eating disorders is drastically increasing, especially in adolescent women. Eating disorders can be due to a number of issues such as low self-esteem, negative body image, relationship difficulties, control issues, or family problems. Because of the effects on the body and brain, eating disorders can lead to a vicious cycle of self-destruction which is nearly impossible to escape from alone.
Since an eating disorder can quickly and dramatically affect health, immediate assistance is imperative. Our clinicians treat food addictions, bulimia, and mild cases of anorexia with individualized treatment programs, often including: using food journals, receiving nutritional education, and building support systems.
Therapists at The Antioch Group who provide treatment for eating disorders include:
In severe cases, we may provide a recommendation for a more intense program of treatment outside our facility.
See our Find a Therapist page for a complete list of specialties.