Eating Recovery Day 2018
This year Eating Recovery Day kicks off our Mental Health Month for 2018. Our own mental health counselor and Recovery Ambassador, Cristyn Smith partners with Eating Recovery Center to promote awareness and statistics around eating disorders. This is a day specifically dedicated to removing stigma, raising awareness and inspiring hope for recovery.
For many who suffer with an eating disorder they will not seek out treatment due to stigma, misperceptions, lack of education, diagnosis, and access to care. In fact over 70% of the more than 30 million people in the United States that suffer from an eating disorder fall into that category. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Common eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED).
Common symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include:
- Weight at/below 85% of ideal for age
- Excessive or compulsive exercise
- Absence of, delayed onset of or sporadic/light menses
- Fatigue, cold-intolerance, dizziness and/or hair thinning/loss
**Important note: Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa will often present with normal labs and vitals.
Common symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa:
- Bingeing more than once per week
- Purging more than once per week - - purging behaviors can include: self-induced vomiting; laxative, diet pill and/or diuretic abuse; exercise; chewing and spitting of food; insulin misuse
- Low normal to abnormal labs; can include electrolyte abnormalities
**Important note: Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa are often of average weight and deny physical symptoms.
Common symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) include:
Characterized by frequent overeating (bingeing) – at least once a week for 3 months combined with feeling a loss of control, intense feelings of distress and three or more of the following behaviors:
- Eating more rapidly than normal
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food even when not feeling physically hungry
- Eating alone due to feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or guilty after eating and/or between binges
While often times most people are aware that eating disorders impact women, what many are not aware of is that one in four men in the United States will face an eating disorder. In addition, 25% of children have dieted by age 7. The good news is that up to 80% of patients who receive and complete treatment will recover or improve significantly.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, or is showing symptoms of an eating disorder you can call our office to schedule an appointment with our counselor, Cristyn, at Independence Medical Village to discuss next steps and come up with a treatment plan.
*Information and Statistics provided by Eating Recovery Center