“There is life beyond your eating disorder.”
– Johanna Kandel
Founder of the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states that approximately eight million people in the U.S. have anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and related eating disorders. The most commonly referred to eating disorders include: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED). Boys, girls, men, and women suffer from these conditions. They are your friends, your family members, your co-workers, and your community members. Eating disorders do not discriminate and can be found amidst the very people you spend your time with day to day. Living with an eating disorder or watching your loved one or friend suffer in pain is beyond difficult. That is why we do what we do. We don’t want you to be alone any longer and strongly believe in the power of psychological intervention, healing and recovery.
Here at Fort Lauderdale Psychology, our specialty providers have years of training and experience in treating the eating disorders and related health conditions from a psychological perspective at all levels of care. We believe that recovery is possible as our own anecdotal evidence in treating many individuals over the year serves as proof.
Please call us for any detailed information regarding the cases that we accept. Also, should you have any questions regarding additional community supports; we maintain an active presence in the eating disorder treatment community at various levels of networking and care and are more than happy to assist you in your journey towards wellness.
Below are some of the behaviors that an individual may exhibit if they are struggling with an eating disorder:
- Changes in weight or unexplained weight loss
- Skipping meals, eating infrequently, or eating in excess
- Frequently visiting the bathroom after meals
- Replacing meals with water or caffeine
- Orthorexia: obsessive behavior in pursuit of a “healthy” diet
- Preoccupation with weight and body image
- Preoccupation with exercise to the exclusion of other activities
- Preoccupation with a diet mentality
- Preoccupation with calories and food labels
- Experiencing co-occurring depression/anxiety/self-injury
- Use of laxatives/diet pills/self-induced vomiting
Moreover, eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates. Eating disorders comprehensively impact the entire person.
Some of the biopsychosocial consequences include:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Bone Health
- Arrested maturational development
- Effects of malnutrition on vital organs
- Emotional effects
- Relational effects
- Skin/hair changes
- Low blood pressure and low heart rate
- Prone to getting sick frequently
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Stomach problems/constipation
- Dental erosion from vomiting
- Musculoskeletal injuries
If you suspect that someone that you know or you yourself may be struggling with an eating disorder, please know there is help and scientifically validated treatment intervention to assist individuals to restore back to a place of health and wellness.