Eating disorders affect all races and ethnic groups. Genetics, environmental factors, and personality traits all combine to create risk for an eating disorder.
What are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are illnesses in which the people experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. People with eating disorders typically become pre-occupied with food and their body weight.
Eating disorders affect several million people at any given time, most often women between the ages of 12 and 35. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
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Types of Eating Disorders
Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed when patients weigh weigh less than the normal BMI (body mass index) healthy weight expected for their height. Hallmarks of anorexia include:
- Limited food intake/ binge-eating purging behavior
- Fear of being “fat”
- Denial of low body weight
- Distorted body image
Many people don’t know when a family member or friend has bulimia nervosa because people almost always hide their binges. Since they don’t become drastically thin, their behaviors may go unnoticed by those closest to them.
Patients with bulimia generally have a restrictive eating pattern or binge-eat and then purge but remain in normal BMI.
Binge eating disorder involves frequent overeating during a discrete period of time (at least once a week for three months), combined with lack of control and associated with three or more of the following:
- Eating more rapidly than normal
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or very guilty afterward
Behind Eating Disorders?
How we treat Eating Disorders?
Adequate nutrition, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping purging behaviors are the foundations of treatment. Treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following:
- Individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy
- Medical care and monitoring
- Nutritional counseling
Scientific Understanding of Eating Disorders
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Key Benefits of Therapy at Exult
Adolescents are going through high-stress times. At Exult, we have multiple professionals who are licensed in helping your child.
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Access to on-site psychiatrist
- Providers work together
- Tailored programs
- Afternoon and weekend hours
- Yoga and Mindulness
We only offer binge-eating therapy where during therapy you control the impulses of binge-eating and nutritional counseling.
We do take multiple insurances such as United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare but we suggest you discuss any major medical decisions with your insurance provider.
We offer therapy for binge-eating only currently.
We offer medication management but we try to keep an open discussion between the client, therapist, and psychiatrist as to the needs of the client.
We offer screening and measurement of BMI to help determine if you need further assistance.