You Can’t Always See An Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that include:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Otherwise Specified Feed and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Pica
  • Rumination Disorder
  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder

A new study suggests that researchers have seen a nearly six-fold increase in patients who have met all of the criteria for anorexia…except being underweight.

Females with bulimia are frequently of a “normal” weight or even slightly overweight themselves, even though internally, their bodies may be deteriorating from the consequences of their disorder. Nor is every person who is identified as having compulsive eating disorder or binge eating disorder extremely overweight either.

Additionally, even athletes who are recognized for their physiques and physicality can often be struggling with the impact of an eating disorder as well. However, these are not the type of people who usually come to mind when we think of the “look” of an eating disorder.

It’s important to remember that we are all unique and our bodies are different.

There are a variety of reasons that people are different sizes such as genetic predispositions or medical reasons.

While you can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them, it is imperative to recognize that if you do have an eating disorder it’s vital you seek treatment as soon as possible. While eating disorders are treatable, there are many physical repercussions that can occur when they are left untreated, not including the devastating effect they have on an individual’s overall well-being.

We Can Help

For more than 20 years, The Meadows Ranch has effectively and successfully treated women and girls with eating disorders. We define treatment success as:

  • Restoration of relationships with family and friends
  • Returning to a productive, healthy, and meaningful life
  • Reduction of eating disorder symptoms and behaviors
  • Renewed interest in school or work

Through our bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment approach and clinical excellence, patients find the strength to confront their problems, learn the tools and skills to overcome their disorder, then enter recovery. Based on feedback from patients, families and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance and purpose. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 and we will contact you with the information you need.

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