At least 30 million women, men, children, and teens in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). If you or your child has an eating disorder, Dinar Sajan, MD, and her team at Health & Psychiatry offices across Florida devise individualized treatment plans that include nutrition advice, behavioral therapies, and medication. To get treatment for your eating disorder, so you can live life fully again, contact Health & Psychiatry by phone or online today.
An eating disorder is a serious and potentially fatal illness that causes a preoccupation with food, weight, and body shape. The most common eating disorders are:
Women, men, and children with eating disorders aren’t making a lifestyle choice. They have a mental health disorder that compels them to restrict or overindulge in food, even though they’re putting their health at risk.
Our bodies need a steady supply of high-quality nutrients to function optimally and to regenerate organs and bones. If you have an eating disorder that restricts or eliminates calories, such as anorexia, your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. Complications of eating disorders include osteoporosis, suicidal thoughts and behavior, and early death.
If you have anorexia, you may be extremely thin but perceive yourself as fat. Other symptoms include:
Untreated anorexia can lead to brain failure, multi-organ failure, and death.
If you have bulimia, you may be at a normal weight or slightly overweight, but make yourself vomit after you eat. Symptoms include:
You may also become severely dehydrated from the constant vomiting.
Binge eaters tend to be overweight or obese. Symptoms include:
Binge eaters may diet frequently but fail to lose weight.
Dr. Sajan and her team at Health & Psychiatry take an integrative approach to treating all types of eating disorders. She customizes a treatment plan based on the type of eating disorder, the severity of symptoms, and other co-existing mental health or medical conditions such as anxiety or depression. Treatment plans include:
To get help with an eating disorder for you or a loved one, contact Health & Psychiatry by phone or online today.
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