What Are Eating Disorders

What Are Eating Disorders

Teens often struggle with a variety of disorders as they embark on the perilous journey that is young adulthood. These disorders vary in severity – the more severe mental health issue is, the more devastating implications for their overall development and growth. What’s worse, teens who suffer from mental health issues typically act on behaviors that are physically, emotionally, and mentally damaging, often times unbeknownst to themselves and even loved ones.

One of the most devastating mental health disorders plaguing American teens today is eating disorders. There are several different types of eating disorders that teens may experience. In some cases, eating disorders may even result in death.

Anorexia Nervosa

Eating disorders are not uncommon among teens. There are many teens who suffer from these types of disorders. One of these causes stems from a teen’s fear of becoming fat. A teenage such as this will be obsessed with their body’s fat composition as they obsessively and frequently check to see if they are gaining weight.

A teenager who is suffering from Anorexia, will not eat enough food and calories that are needed. They will lose weight and skip meals. If they do eat, it is in very small or limited portions. Excessive exercise is also linked to teenagers who have the anorexia eating disorder.

Eating disorders are not uncommon among teens. There are many teens who suffer from these types of disorders because of fear that they will become fat or have weight gain. The teenager will be obsessed about their body and if they are gaining weight. A teenager who is suffering from Anorexia, will not eat enough food and calories that are needed. They will lose weight and skip meals. If they do eat, it is in very small or limited portions. Excessive exercise is also linked to teenagers who have the anorexia eating disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is another type of eating disorder. It is similar to anorexia because the teenager will become obsessed with their weight. They will be afraid to gain weight. Instead of not eating, this disorder focuses on binge eating. Binge eating is when a person eats a large amount of food at one time. A person who has this type of eating disorder will gorge food and then get rid of it afterward. This process will include vomiting the food back up or taking laxatives to get rid of the food.

Treatment

There is help for your troubled teen. Turning Winds is a highly effective residential treatment center that has been working with teens struggling with mild forms of eating disorders for over twenty years.  We have a strong medical and professional staff that has the necessary compassion and experience to effectively support teens to recover and heal from mild forms of eating disorders.  We understand the long term side physical and emotional side effects that can develop if gone untreated.  

Our goal is to offer teens a safe environment to heal where they can once again see that their future is bright.  Together we can overcome the battles that teens struggle through when attempting to overcome eating disorders.  For more information on how we may be able to help your teen struggling with an eating disorder.

Please Contact Us At: 800-845-1380

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