What is an eating disorder?
Anorexia nervosa, eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED NOS), and bulimia are the most common eating disorders. Eating disorders left untreated can become serious, affecting physical and mental health as well as social functioning.
How do I recognize an eating disorder?
People suffering from an eating disorder have issues with food regulation, food intake, and body image and do not eat in regulation to the actual food needs of their body. “Eating disorder symptoms can manifest in varying degrees and are a co-morbidity of other mental health issues,” comments Dr. Michael Dadson.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa symptoms include eating avoidance, eating less than the body requires, or starvation. It is not uncommon for individuals affected by anorexia nervosa to binge on food and then purge what they have eaten, using laxatives or self-induced vomiting.
Heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, or kidney problems are examples of the serious life-threatening complications that may arise. Research indicates other than opioid use disorder, anorexia is the second highest mortality of any psychiatric diagnosis and should not be left untreated.
What is bulimia nervosa?
It is common for those suffering with bulimia nervosa to alternate between dieting, eating foods low in calories, or bingeing on large amounts of foods that contain high value calories and then purging in some form, such as self-induced vomiting. Feelings of embarrassment or shame usually accompany binging or purging behaviour, which usually occur in private.
Eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED NOS) symptoms may manifest as a combination of the other two conditions.
Therapy for eating disorders depends on the patient. While some people respond well to short term outpatient treatment, others respond better to long-term inpatient treatment.
Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson) states: “It is important for anyone suffering with an eating disorder to seek treatment as soon as possible.”