Anorexia is a type of eating disorder that affects typically women more than men. It’s characterized by extremely low body weight and an unhealthy view of their bodies. They can obsess over counting calories, eat a minimal amount of food or occasionally binge eat and throw up to avoid gaining weight. Knowing the signs of anorexia can help save a friend who is at serious risk of malnutrition. Anorexia disorder treatment is very beneficial for women and men and teaches them healthy coping skills for managing their symptoms.
At Crestview Recovery, we support men and women 18 and over who are struggling with eating disorders using dialectical behavior therapy and other treatment methods. We meet with each patient privately to help them manage their symptoms of anorexia and talk about their body-image issues and self-esteem. Then, we work to change their unhealthy self-image. Reach out to our knowledgeable team today at 866.262.0531 for more information about our anorexia treatment program.
What are the Physical Signs of Anorexia?
Anorexia can lead to malnutrition, which happens when you don’t get enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are essential for everyday survival. Anorexia typically develops between 12–25 years of age. It can lead to a lack of physical development and other medical conditions such as:
- Low blood pressure
- Kidney and liver disease
- Heart failure
Men and women who struggle with anorexia will not recognize the harm they are inflicting upon themselves. They see their too-thin appearance as being healthy and won’t realize there is an underlying issue causing their distorted image of themselves.
Do you suspect a friend or loved one is struggling with anorexia? If so, here are some of the physical signs of anorexia to look for:
- Rapid weight loss
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Extreme fatigue
- Thinning hair
- Dry or yellowing skin
- Teeth erosion
At Crestview Recovery, our team has experience helping women and men manage their symptoms of anorexia and develop a healthier self-image. We use a combination of behavioral and holistic therapy through group and individual sessions to improve their lives.
5 Signs of Anorexia
Along with the physical signs of anorexia, there are emotional and behavioral signs that can point to an eating disorder. They may have a rigid and detailed plan for every meal, never eat in public, or spend a long time in a bathroom shortly after eating. Here are five additional signs of anorexia to look for:
- Portion sizes – Women and men with anorexia will typically eat very small meals that don’t meet the required calorie intake each person needs.
- Calorie counting – They will take counting calories to a new level. In fact, they’ll track every single calorie that they eat, even when they are eating in public.
- Body image – They will be obsessed over their bodies and nitpick over any real or imagined flaws. Some will be obsessed with diet fads or weight loss pills.
- Self-induced vomiting – For women and men struggling with anorexia, they may self-induce vomiting after eating. This can lead to teeth erosion, calloused fingers, swollen saliva glands, subconjunctival hemorrhaging, and pinpoint spots around the eyes.
- An obsessive need to exercise – working out for long periods of time or at odd hours.
Recognizing the signs of anorexia can save the life of someone you love, as this eating disorder can lead to serious malnutrition and death.
Anorexia Treatment in Portland
We offer evidence-based anorexia treatment programs to help individuals and families regain control of their lives. Our caring team of professionals will work with each individual client to create a personalized program that addresses the physical, psychological, and behavioral aspects of anorexia.
Treatment includes medical monitoring and support, nutrition counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family counseling. We also provide access to support groups and social activities that can help clients develop healthy relationships with their peers. Our goal is to empower each client to take control of their own recovery journey and create a better future for themselves. With the right treatment program, individuals can then learn how to cope with anorexia in a healthy way and live a full, productive life.
Get the Help You Need Today
At Crestview Recovery, we work with men and women who are struggling with eating disorders and want help getting mentally and physically healthy. We work with each patient to learn their unique symptoms of anorexia.
If you or someone you love is struggling with anorexia, reach out to us for help today. Our compassionate staff is here to provide the support and guidance you need to overcome this disorder. Together, we can then create a plan that helps you reach your recovery goals. Don’t delay getting the help you need. Instead, call 866.262.0531 today to discover all of the benefits of our anorexia treatment program.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.