What are eating disorders?
An eating disorder is a mental health condition that affects how individuals feel about food, eating, and themselves. It also impacts eating behaviors. Eating disorders are the most fatal mental health disorder, given their effects on physical health.
What are some signs that someone might have an eating disorder?
Limited food intake
Fear of being “fat,” even if other people do not think they are “fat”
Difficulty with body image
Excessive behaviors intended to prevent weight gain, such as working out a lot or purging (e.g., voluntarily throwing up or using laxatives)
If a person purges often, they may experience ongoing sore throats, tooth decay, intestinal problems, or severe dehydration
Eating more rapidly than normal
Eating until uncomfortably full
Eating large amounts of food when not hungry
Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed
Feeling disgusted with themself, depressed, or guilty
What are some types of eating disorders?
People with this eating disorder limit their food intake, fear being “fat,” experience problems with their body image, and weigh significantly less than what is considered normal for their height.
People with bulimia nervosa binge eat and engage in behaviors intended to prevent weight gain, such as working out a lot or purging. People with bulimia nervosa can be any weight.
People who have binge-eating disorder have recurrent episodes of binge eating, when they feel out of control while eating large amounts of food in a short period of time.
How are eating disorders treated at CARE?
Helping to understand thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are triggering
Helping to develop coping skills
Coordinating care with other support professionals when needed
CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers:
- – Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- – PreferredOne
- – Health Partners
- – Medical Assistance
- – UCare
- – Cigna
- – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.
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