Are you or a loved one concerned that your weight is too low?
Do you significantly restrict the amount of food you eat so that you can continue to lose weight?
Are you terrified of becoming fat or gaining weight?
Does your shape and weight dominate how you feel about yourself as a person?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be struggling with anorexia nervosa.
Anorexia can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Below are some of the effects of being underweight.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty making decisions
- Recurrent thoughts about eating and food
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities usually enjoyed at a higher weight
- Rigidity/Inflexibility in behaviors
- Withdrawing socially
- Decreases in sex drive
- Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
- Loss of heart muscle
- Irregular heart beats
- Increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures
- Impaired taste
- Weakened muscles
- Orange-colored skin
- Hair loss
- Body hair growth (Lanugo)
- Sensitivity to cold
- Poor sleep
All clients will undergo medical evaluation to ensure that outpatient treatment is an appropriate level of care.
The first phase of treatment is gradual weight restoration. In order to work on weight restoration, clients will begin with self-monitoring of their food intake. Regular eating will be the next goal in helping clients to start eating 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day.
The next phase of treatment includes using evidence-based treatment to address body image concerns, reduce body checking behaviors/body avoidance, reducing dietary rules, and addressing perfectionism, low self-esteem, and interpersonal problems.