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Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are serious illnesses that affect eating behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Kel Health & Wellness offers personalized care for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Our specialists provide effective treatments, including psychotherapy, medication management, and nutritional guidance. Contact us for help with recovery.

Eating disorders are complex conditions that manifest through unhealthy eating habits and a distorted self-image. They can have severe consequences on both physical and mental health. The most common types of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Characterized by weight loss, difficulty maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: Involves repeated binge eating followed by behaviors that compensate for the overeating, such as forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or extreme use of laxatives or diuretics.
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: Similar to bulimia, binge-eating disorder features episodes of uncontrollably eating large quantities of food; however, without the follow-up behaviors to counter the overeating.

Symptoms can vary but often include:

  • Extreme preoccupation with dieting, food, and body image
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Severe dental issues (in the case of frequent vomiting)

Treatment is most effective when it is holistic and multidisciplinary, involving:

  • Medical Care: To address any health issues that might have been caused by the eating disorder.
  • Nutrition: This involves weight restoration and stabilization, guidance for normal eating, and the integration of an individualized meal plan.
  • Therapy: Both individual and group therapy can be beneficial. Family-based therapy is particularly important for adolescents.
  • Medications: While there are no medications specifically approved to treat eating disorders, some medications might be prescribed to help with related anxiety or depression.
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