Eating Disorders Introduction

Eating Disorders Introduction


Eating Disorders Introduction Eating disorders are far more complex than people might expect. There are many different ones categorized, but the most common types are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder (Rome, Stranjord, 2016).

“These are serious psychological illnesses that can be extremely detrimental to one’s mental and physical health if gone untreated.” (“”) For instance, health repercussions of anorexia can range from kidney damage to osteoporosis and can even lead to death in more severe cases. The mortality rate of people with anorexia is estimated at 0.56% each year (Sullivan, 1995).

Individuals with eating disorders are known to base their self-worth on personal weight and shape. This can lead to unhealthy behaviors with food such as binging, purging, and starvation. “From a clinical point of view, it is said that an individual’s appearance, specifically his or her weight, is easier to control compared to other areas of their life that are uncontrollable (Fairburn, 1996).” (“”)

From a broad perspective, those with eating disorders attempt to refocus their attention on food, weight loss, and achieving a flawless body shape as a way of avoiding other issues they may be dealing with in life. “It is a way to attain emotional freedom, even though the relief is only temporary (Polivy & Herman, 2002).” (“”)

It is essential that counselors have a thorough understanding of eating disorders and all that they encompass. “Empirical research has been done that demonstrates the epidemiology as well as potential causes for the onset of the disease.” (“”)

Considerable progress has also been made in the development and evaluation of evidence-based psychological treatments for eating disorders. It is imperative that counselors comprehend the complexity of eating disorders to treat clients in the most effective way possible.

Eating Disorders

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Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist

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