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Women & Eating Disorders

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women eating disorderMany women in today’s society struggle for the perfect body. As such we have become a culture with a distorted view of perfection. It’s no wonder then that more and more women are diagnosed with eating disorders as they try to reach such an illusive goal. While there are several categories of Eating disorders, three forms are fairly common.

Anorexia Nervosa
Women who suffer from anorexia see themselves as excessively overweight. As a result, they constantly diet or under eat. More often than not, they are emaciated or excessively thin. These ladies focus intently on portion control and relentlessly count calories to the point of obsession.

Bulimia Nervosa
Like anorexia, sufferers of bulimia  suffer from a distorted body image and fear gaining weight. However, bulimia is often more difficult to detect because the suffers tend to maintain a healthy body weight.  Bulimia is categorized by its frequent bouts of binge eating which are followed by rounds of vomiting or excessive use of diuretics and laxatives.

Binge Eating Disorders
Unlike anorexia and bulimia, binge eating does not involve excessive dieting or the use of diuretics and laxatives. Women who suffer from binge eating have little or no control on the amount of food they consume. They frequently overeat, or binge eat, in order to compensate for an emotional need.

Transitioning From Treatment Back to Normal Life 
Many people face a series of mixed emotions at the thought of leaving their treatment facility. On the one hand, you are incredibly excited to be leaving the confines and rigorously structured life imposed in most treatment organizations. Even though you may realize that this structure is necessary, there’s still a great sense of freedom. However, that excitement is often tempered by an overwhelming sense of fear and dread. Many fear that they will be unable to maintain the healthy lifestyle they’ve developed in treatment. For this reason, many patients find a treatment halfway house as the best option to readjust to the real world while they continue to combat their eating disorders and maintain their newfound healthy way of life.

If you or a loved one has suffered from an eating disorder and would like additional information about the Luna Cottage and how we can help you transition back into a healthy productive life, call us at 561-354-5557 for an individual consultation.

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