While anorexia may be the most widely discussed eating disorder, did you know that it is actually the least common eating disorder among adults? According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality anorexia nervosa occurs in just 0.1 percent of the population. However, anorexia has resulted in more deaths than bulimia. Identifying the signs and symptoms of anorexia can be difficult if you don't know what to look for. If you're searching for affordable anorexia therapy in Columbus, OH, call Legacy Freedom. We can help you.
The restrictive eating behaviors of those who are anorexic may so closely resemble the actions of someone who has put themselves on a strict diet that seeing the differences may be difficult. However, the focus of each is dramatically different. When someone diets they seek to gain control over their weight, but when someone exhibits anorexia nervosa behaviors they are seeking to lose weight as a way to control themselves, situations, and their happiness. Anorexia has very little to do with wanting to improve their health or fit into those jeans through reducing their food intake.
These are the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa:
- Preoccupation with the fat content or calories in their food
- Fixation on food or preparing food but then not eating
- Underweight but still restricting food intake or dieting
- Hair loss or thinning hair
- Consistently cold, especially in the hands and feet
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and other activities
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Lanugo development or a fine hair that grows on the body and face
- Missing or abnormal menstrual cycles in women for three or more months
Researchers are not exactly sure what causes anorexia. However, many believe that a combination of factors contributes to a person's likelihood to develop anorexia or other eating disorders. Genetics may play a role in the development of an eating disorder, but recent research has shown that fluctuating chemicals in the brain, like serotonin, and unusual activity in the brain have been shown to affect eating. Co-occurring mental illnesses and other health concerns can also contribute to a person's development of anorexia. Social experiences and peer pressure situations influence eating patterns and affect the individual's body image and self esteem.
The long term effects of anorexia on a person's health can be quite severe. Seeking treatment for anorexia or suspected eating disorders right away can reduce the chances of long term complications as a result of the eating disorder. Cardiovascular problems may develop including heart attack, slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure or sudden cardiac death. Thinning of the bones and early development of osteoporosis, kidney failure, kidney stones, anemia and other blood disorders can develop. When the body is starved of nutrients, it begins to shut down, and organ systems stop working. For women of childbearing age, lack of menstrual cycles can make it difficult to become pregnant. Continuing anorexic behaviors during pregnancy can cause complications like low birth weight for the baby, an increased need for a c-section and even miscarriage. Anorexia can be a fatal disease if not treated quickly and appropriately.
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Affordable Anorexia Therapy in Columbus, OH That Works!
At Legacy Freedom of Columbus, we specialize in working with both men and women who struggle with eating disorders. If you, or someone you love, are dealing with anorexia, bulimia or another eating disorder, we can help. Our dedicated team of professional counselors, dieticians, physical therapists, and clinicians are ready to help you overcome your anorexia. Through traditional talk therapy in one-on-one sessions you will discover the cause of your anorexia and learn new ways to cope that don't involve restricting your food intake. We proudly offer more than ten different types of alternative therapy that help you focus on setting healthy boundaries and restoring confidence in yourself. Staff dieticians and physical therapists work with you to heal the physical affects of your anorexia and return you to health.
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