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Eating disorders are very serious and could be life threatening. Although there is not a specific cause, there are many risk factors that can increase your risk of developing an eating disorder. If you or someone you know is suffering, make an appointment with one of our Therapist/Counselors today.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders come in different forms. Many people who suffer from eating disorders develop symptoms such as weight obsession, body dysmorphia, irregular eating habits, exhaustion, anxiety, depression and many more. There are three very common eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. All three of these share the symptom of being out of control. Anorexic patients tend to skip meals in order to be thin, bulimics eat big meals and then throw up to remove the food from their bodies and binge eaters eat large portions at an inconsistent pace for a long period of time.
Who can be affected by an eating disorder?
Eating disorders do not discriminate, meaning everyone can be affected by it. There are some risk factors that can increase your chances of showing symptoms:
• Genetics, having a family member with an eating disorder
• Mental health, having a mental health illness such as depression
• Increased amount of dieting, having a history of constantly going on and off diets
• Bullying, being teased or bullied can increase your risk
• Trauma, if you’ve experienced a traumatic event and suffer from PTSD
• Perfectionism, having the desire for everything to be perfect all the time
Eating disorders are life threating. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, reach out to a mental health provider immediately.
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