Eating disorders are serious mental health illnesses that involve a person’s impaired and unhealthy relationship with food to an extent that negatively impacts their daily life. While an individual may limit their food intake, overeat, binge or purge, however, eating disorders are not simply about the food but rather a compensatory behavior in an attempt to gain control over issues such as unhealthy thoughts and unresolved trauma.
An estimated 30 million people (10 million men and 20 million women) in the United States are expected to have an eating disorder during their lifetime. Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Our eating disorder program focuses on healing the mind-body disconnection through compassion, education, shame reduction, and understanding. Exploring the root causes such as family dynamics, societal influences, traumatic experiences and genetic predispositions.
Signs and symptoms can continue to develop and worsen as a person ages. Barriers to seeking support, feelings of shame and fears of stereotypes can keep someone from seeking and receiving help. We provide eating disorder treatment exclusively for adults, many of whom may have struggled with eating disorder symptoms for years.
All eating disorders may present differently in any one individual than another, but all affect their ability to function. However, some common signs of an eating disorder include regularly experiencing feelings of shame and guilt around eating, obsessive thoughts related to your weight and appearance, feeling the need to hide your eating habits from others and suffering from physical symptoms such as dehydration, dizziness and cramps. If you’re experiencing any of these common signs, reach out to us with any questions by giving us a call at 623-304-8144.
We treat all types of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and rumination disorder. Some other specified feeding or eating disorders we treat include purging disorder and night eating syndrome.