Outpatient Eating Disorder Program
For Women & Men
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Eating Disorder Program for Women and Men
Eating disorders are serious, sometimes life-threatening and can affect individuals from all walks of life. There isn’t any age group, sex, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background that is safe from the devastating effects of eating disorders. Once an eating disorder takes hold of an individual, it is very difficult for that person to overcome the dangerous behaviors and distorted psychological thinking without professional help. Fortunately, eating disorders do not have to be forever–it is a treatable disorder that, with help, individuals can manage and go on to develop a healthy relationship with food and with their own body image.
Many eating disorders start during adolescence, but doctors and psychologists are finding that there is an increasing number of younger girls and boys and older women and men who are being diagnosed with the disorders. The sooner the diagnosis is made and treatment is begun, the better an individual’s chances are for a successful recovery.
Lab work done on site
Open to males and females
18 and older
Mindfulness and Meditation
Multiple levels of care offered
PHP -5 Days a week
IOP-3 Days a week
Eating Disorders In Men And Women
Some of the significant differences between men and women with eating disorders include the following:
- Eating Disorders in Women
- Eating Disorders in Men
- It is estimated that eating disorders affect as many as 20 million women in the United States
- Women are more likely to be seeking thinness as their ultimate goal because physical appearance is important to them
- Women are more likely to have suffered physical or sexual abuse before developing an eating disorder
- Women are more likely to abuse laxatives and diet pills as a symptom of their eating disorder
- While many women with eating disorders also suffer from depression and anxiety, those with these co-occurring disorders account for only 47%
- Women are more likely to seek help for their eating disorder
- Women are more likely to have had previous hospitalizations for mental health issues – 21% will have been hospitalized previously
- Because eating disorders are seen as “women’s issues,” there is less stigma for women to reach out for help
- It is estimated that eating disorders affect as many as 10 million men in the United States
- Men are more likely to be seeking a lean and muscular appearance as their goal because physical performance is important to them
- Men are less likely to have suffered physical or sexual abuse before developing an eating disorder
- Men are more likely to abuse appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APED) as a symptom of their eating disorder
- More men than women with eating disorders also suffer from depression and anxiety, with 67% of men with eating disorders having these co-occurring disorders
- Men are much less likely to seek help for their eating disorder
- Men are less likely to have had previous hospitalizations for mental health issues – 10% will have been hospitalized previously
- Men with eating disorders are subject to much more stigma because these disorders are often viewed as “women’s issues”
Answers to Most Common Questions on Your Mind
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders occur when individuals have distorted perceptions of their body and an abnormal relationship with food. It is considered a psychiatric condition that requires treatment. People suffering with eating disorders often go to extremes, forcing their bodies to conform to their perception of the ideal body, often with restricting and various forms of purging, which is typically unhealthy. Conversely, some cannot control their eating, resulting in suffering the social and medical consequences of obesity. These behaviors are frequently the sufferer’s only means for coping with some underlying psychological or psychiatric disorder. If left untreated, eating disorders can cause serious medical harm and may be fatal.
Usually, an individual with an eating disorder also struggles with attempting to control their environment. They may also have an innate lack of emotional regulation. These characteristics, individually or combined, result in the extreme behaviors of eating disorders. The behaviors may range from not eating enough to live, to eating way too much, to binging on large amounts of food and then forcing themselves to purge the meal so their body doesn’t absorb the calories. They may also exercise excessively or abuse drugs or alcohol to keep their weight down.
Women and girls are more likely than males to have eating disorders, however, the number of men and boys suffering with them is growing.
What are Common Types of Eating Disorders
There are several types of eating disorders and the behaviors of each may overlap in some sufferers. The most common are:
- Anorexia Nervosa – Sufferers will increasingly eat less and less food, or completely stop eating, causing serious health consequences. These individuals are more likely to exercise excessively, take laxatives or diet pills, and to die because of their eating disorder.
- Bulimia Nervosa – Individuals with this eating disorder will eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, then induce vomiting to empty their stomachs.
- Binge Eating Disorder – This condition may also be considered overeating or food addiction. Sufferers binge on food or consistently overeat in an attempt to manage their emotions. Obesity is common in this disorder and there are serious health risks associated with obesity.
What Causes Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are complex illnesses that can result from a variety of causes. There isn’t just one definitive thing that causes eating disorders, rather it is usually a combination of different risk factors that contribute to the development of the illness. The risk factors a person has for acquiring an eating disorder precede the actual development of symptoms. While risk factors do not necessarily mean that a person will ultimately suffer an eating disorder, they can be indicators that an individual will and shouldn’t be discounted.
Some risk factors can be indicators of any eating disorder, while others are specific to the onset of a specific disorder.
What are Risk Factors for Eating Disorders?
Risk factors for all eating disorders include:
- Dissatisfaction with body
- Attitude or view of a thin-ideal
- Constant dieting
- Lack of family or social support systems
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of coping skills
- Solitary eating
- Higher body mass index (BMI) in childhood
- Social problems or withdrawal
- History of other psychiatric disorders
- History of physical or sexual abuse
- History of being teased or bullied about weight
Risk factors for Anorexia Nervosa include:
- Low BMI
- Childhood eating conflicts, struggles around meals
- Complications at birth including low birth weight, premature delivery, cephalohematoma, or being one of a multiple baby birth
Risk factors for Bulimia Nervosa include:
- Social pressure for thinness
- Dissatisfaction with body
- Dieting or fasting
- Thin-ideal internalization
- Substance use or abuse
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Other psychiatric symptoms
- Early adolescence
Risk factors for Binge Eating Disorder include:
- Social pressure to be thin
- Higher childhood BMI
- Low view of self-worth
Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders?
It isn’t uncommon for symptoms of eating disorders to change or evolve over time. About half of people who are diagnosed with the restrictive eating disorder anorexia later developed symptoms of bulimia. An individual who is primarily a binge eater may later transition to restricting their food intake and develop anorexia later in life. Additionally, a person can recover from one type of eating disorder only to relapse later with a different one.
There are some warning signs and symptoms that may be noticeable to family and friends of someone struggling with an eating disorder. However, individuals who are in the throes of an eating disorder are often very good at hiding their symptoms, so it may be difficult to recognize until there are significant medical issues.
The following are some of the signs an individual who has an eating disorder may have:
- Constantly being on a diet
- Abusing food or exercise
- Excessive weight loss or weight gain
- Always eating differently than those around them
- Becoming stressed or anxious if they cannot exercise
- Withdrawing or isolating from friends and family
- Over-attentive to weight or weighing themselves frequently
- Going to the bathroom immediately after eating to throw up
- Abusing laxatives, diet pills, or performance-enhancing drugs
- Abusing drugs or alcohol, along with other listed symptoms
If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, it’s important to seek eating disorder treatment. When left untreated, eating disorders can be fatal – heart failure and suicide are the two most common causes of death for people suffering from eating disorders. It’s estimated that as many as 20% of people who do not get help for eating disorders will die from their disorder.
Do Eating Disorders Differ in Men and Women?
While the symptoms, risks, treatments, and outcomes for eating disorders for both women and men are typically very similar, there are some differences between the sexes that are worth considering. One of the biggest differences is the stigma that is attached to eating disorders. Because women are more likely to have eating disorders than men (although the numbers may be closer than reported, as men are less likely to seek help), eating disorders are often viewed as “women’s issues,” which makes it more difficult for men to admit to having a disorder and seeking help for it.
Eating Disorders and Drug or Alcohol Addiction
There can be a connection between eating disorders and substance abuse. Additionally, people who suffer from eating disorders may drink or use drugs in order to self-medicate the symptoms of their eating disorders or to escape the shame and emotional distress that they feel because of them.
Anytime there are co-occurring disorders, it is essential that both disorders are treated at the same time. If only one condition is treated, it may worsen the symptoms of the other. Without concurrent treatment of eating disorders and drug or alcohol addiction, sufferers may have increased risk of the following:
- Digestive complications or distress
- Liver, kidney, respiratory, and heart failure
- Loss of bone density
- Tooth loss or decay
- Excess body hair or hair loss
- Skin conditions
- Relationship issues
- Social problems
The complications of untreated eating disorders can be severe, so it’s important to know the warning signs. It’s essential that if you think you or a loved one has an eating disorder you seek medical help right away, as most people with eating disorders and substance use disorders cannot recover on their own.
Treatment for Eating Disorders and Addiction
Fortunately, both eating disorders and drug or alcohol addiction are treatable. It is estimated that as many as 60% of people with eating disorders are able to recover from their illness when they receive professional help. As there can be a link between eating disorders and substance abuse, they are co-occurring disorders and should be treated simultaneously. Many rehabilitation facilities are equipped to treat patients who have co-occurring disorders. Clinical Stabilization Services are often recommended for these types of patients because they will receive all the necessary addiction and nutrition education, therapy, psychiatric care, coping skills, and relapse prevention techniques that they will need to begin the recovery process, along with around-the-clock medical care and emotional support.
Armed with these tools and ongoing medical and mental health care, patients can develop a healthy relationship with food and find long-lasting recovery from drugs or alcohol.
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