Eating Disorders

Overview

Anorexia. Bulimia. Binge eating. These serious eating disorders are not choices – they are illnesses. People with eating disorders have an unhealthy relationship with food – often with a distorted image of their body. They also have a pattern of harmful behaviors – like limiting or purging the food they eat. These behaviors can lead to dangerous effects on the body, like heart problems, digestive system issues, and weakened bones and teeth. Eating disorders often co-exist with a mental health illness such depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. 

When you’re struggling with an unhealthy relationship with food, you may feel very alone. But with support from Aurora and our effective Eating Disorder Treatment Services, you can find help and hope. 

Signs & Symptoms

The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. But some people have a combination of eating disorders, or other eating behavior that may be symptoms of an eating disorder.

The signs and symptoms of eating disorders vary from person to person. The warning signs of eating disorders include:

  • Excessive weight loss or frequent weight changes
  • Obsession with the calories and fat content of food
  • Dieting, even when thin
  • Intense fear of gaining weight, even when underweight
  • Distorted body image
  • Low self esteem
  • Preoccupation with size, body weight or shape
  • Preoccupation with food, cooking and nutrition
  • Being secretive about food
  • Avoiding situations where food is served
  • Using the bathroom frequently after meals
  • Loss of menstrual periods or delay in the onset of periods
  • Excessive exercise or increase in activity
  • Feeling cold, especially in the hands and feet
  • Heart palpitations
  • Use of laxatives or diuretics to control weight

Risk Factors

Eating disorders can affect both men and women at any age. It is common for eating disorders to occur with one or more psychiatric disorders such as depression or other mood disorder, alcohol and other substance disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Dieting and weight control strategies are often associated with the onset of eating disorders.

Services & Treatments

Our Eating Disorder Program is built on the philosophy of not just treating the symptoms or condition – but the whole person. Our team will create a customized treatment plan designed for you and your needs. You’ll meet with a psychiatrist, therapist and registered dietitian who can address all the angles and causes of your condition.

If you think you or a loved one may have an eating disorder, call us at (414) 454-6694 to schedule a consultation.

Adults and adolescents with eating disorders can be treated in our inpatient program, our intensive outpatient program, and our partial hospitalization program.

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