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Eating Disorders


 

Being addicted to eating too little or too much is just as dangerous as snorting cocaine or popping pills. If left untreated, eating disorders can become life-threatening conditions affecting both physical and emotional health.

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Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (self-starvation), bulimia (a recurrent pattern of binging and purging), and overeating (an addiction to food) are real, complex, and devastating conditions. Each is much more than a fad or lifestyle choice and each has serious health consequences. Some 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from diagnosed eating disorders, but many more never seek eating disorder treatment.

Did you know…

  • That by age 6, many girls start expressing concern about body weight and shape?
  • That many with eating disorders also have mental health issues which complicates treatment?
  • That those with anorexia nervosa are susceptible to health concerns like: abnormally slow heart rates, muscle loss & weakness, decreased bone density, severe dehydration, which can lead to kidney failure, dry hair & skin, and growth of a downy layer of hair – called lanugo – all over the body and face?
  • That the cycles of binging and purging with bulimia can effect the entire digestive system and lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances that affect the heart and other major organs?
  • That binge eating disorder or overeating can cause high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, gallbladder disease, and Type II diabetes?
  • That people with eating disorders have an elevated risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder?
  • That the rate of new cases of eating disorders has risen steadily since 1950?
There’s not going to be a day when I don’t think about food or my body, but I’m living with it and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe place and stay with it.
— Demi Lovato, Staying Strong
 
 
Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
 
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Maybe your food issues began with normal desires like wanting to lose a few pounds to fit into a flashy new outfit. Maybe you indulged in a half dozen sugary cupcakes to erase the sting of being bypassed for a promotion at work. But when abnormal eating patterns become habitual, your life is headed away from wellness and straight towards destruction. When someone starves their body, he or she also starves major organs like the brain and heart. And when someone overeats, he or she saturates the brain and major organs with lethal doses of sugar and fat. Neither scenario has a good outcome. Isn’t it time that you treated yourself better?

Find out what normal eating habits look and feel like.

Food is a primal desire but when our needs for food become distorted, everything suffers. Using an approach like CAM, individuals learn to identify the root causes of their food issues so that they can create pathways to change their behavior. With proper training and counseling, you’ll be able to enjoy nutritious meals, maintain a healthy weight, embrace a positive self-image, and free yourself from negative habits. Call today to find out how CAST Centers can help you rediscover a life free from food issues.