Eating disorders involve an all-consuming preoccupation with food and weight which greatly interferes with everyday activities. They can develop in females or males. The struggle to overcome these illnesses without help is often exhausting and challenging. The poor nutrition associated with eating disorders can cause severe medical complications.
Eating disorders are not just about food. They are often a way that someone copes with difficult problems. Eating disorders allow individuals to feel protected from something larger and scarier than the eating disorder itself, such as the feeling of uncertainty or having no control over a situation.
Some of the signs of Anorexia Nervosa include weight loss, irregular period, avoiding eating in public, maintaining a very restricted diet, skipping meals, exercising excessively. Some of the signs of Bulimia Nervosa include going to the bathroom immediately after meals, large amounts of food disappearing from the cupboards, or using laxatives or vomiting to control weight.
If eating concerns are making family mealtimes stressful, it is time to seek professional advice. At Aspens & Oaks, we take a family therapy approach to treating eating disorders.