FAQs About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are common and can also be very serious. If a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, you should get in touch with medical professionals right away. Early intervention may prove crucial. Seeking treatment to address eating disorders and live near San Diego, CA? Contact Children's Healthcare Medical Associates to speak with our medical practitioners.

For now, we’ll take a look at some of the most common questions and also some important factors regarding these conditions.

How Common Are Eating Disorders?

Nearly 10 percent of Americans will experience an eating disorder at some point in their life, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Many millions more may not develop a full-blown eating disorder but could suffer from poor eating and dieting habits.

What Are The Most Common Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are typically considered mental health conditions, although they are also tied closely to physical health. Some of the most common eating disorders are as follows:

What Is Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa: No matter how skinny they are, people with this condition often think of themselves as overweight. Patients often fast on a frequent basis and have very strict eating patterns.

What Is Bulimia?

Bulimia Nervosa: Patients will throw up food in order to prevent calorie intake. Often, people suffering from Bulimia will binge eat food to the point of discomfort and then vomit.

There are other types of eating disorders. Want to learn more about eating disorders and live near San Diego, CA? Contact Children's Healthcare Medical Associates.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders?

Extreme weight loss is perhaps the first symptom that comes to mind for most people. Folks with eating disorders may try not to eat around others. Often, patients have a fixation on weight, calories, carbs, and the like. Individuals may eat only small meals. 

How Are Eating Disorders Treated?

Since eating disorders are considered a mental illness, treatment often focuses on mental health, therapy, and the like. Nutritional counseling is frequently a major component as well. Often, treating eating disorders is a slow but steady progression and treatment could take several months or more. In some cases, in-patient treatment may be needed.

How Serious Are Eating Disorders?

You may believe that you or your loved one’s eating disorder is only temporary or not a grave threat. Sometimes this is true. However, over 10,000 people die from eating disorders per year. Eating disorders can also stunt growth and cause many other problems. 

If you're seeking treatment for eating disorders and live near San Diego, CA, dial (619) 297-5437 to reach Children's Healthcare Medical Associates.

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