Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening. But eating disorders can be treated.
Here are some ways to treat eating disorders:
• Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Medical Care and Monitoring
• Nutritional Counseling
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducts and supports research that could help find new and improved ways to diagnose and treat eating disorders. Typical treatment goals include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binge-purge and binge-eating behaviors. Complete recovery is possible. If you or someone struggles with eating disorders, seek a medical professional to discuss your concerns. Remember, learning more about eating disorders can help you spot the warning signs and seek treatment early.