Eating Disorders: LWell Can Help
Eating disorders (EDs) are characterized by disturbances in behaviors, thoughts and attitudes toward eating, and body weight or shape. There are many types of eating disorders, but the two most common include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Anorexia includes an intense fear of gaining weight, an intense restriction of food intake and a disturbance in the way one sees their body weight/shape. Bulimia includes recurrent episodes of binge eating in a short amount of time with a sense of lack of control, recurrent compensatory behavior to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, fasting or over exercising.
Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of body shape or size. Mental health factors such as anxiety or depression, and social stressors like peer pressure and bullying, are often the root cause. Body image can also play a big part in the development of an eating disorder. Many people struggle with comparing their body to others, whether to their classmates, celebrities or people they see on social media.
Kerri Blaesser, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at LWell, has worked with many patients who struggle with disordered eating and is an expert in the field. She says people diagnosed with EDs often require a treatment team which can include a registered dietitian nutritionist, a therapist and/or psychiatrist, PCP/pediatrician, parents, and possibly a family therapist.
If you believe you or a loved one may be struggling with an eating disorder, LWell can help. Contact our office at (833) 516-0454 to schedule a consultation.
This article was adapted from the LWell Program of Excellence “Eating Disorders” recorded live on 1/1/22.
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