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  • Do you think you’ve lost control over how you eat?
  • Do you ever make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you believe you are fat, even when others say you are too thin?
  • Do food and/or thoughts about food dominate your life?
  • Do thoughts about changing your body or weight dominate your life?
  • Are shared meals difficult because of your eating behavior or comments about food, eating, or body image?
  • Are you or others worried about your weight?

In this informal survey, 2 or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. Get help now.

(Adapted from the Scoff Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.)
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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa twists perception. It is a cruel and unrelenting liar. It convinces people to see themselves as overweight, even when they are starved or malnourished. Eating, food, and weight control become obsessions. Tragically, anorexia nervosa is among the most deadly of all mental illnesses. Don’t wait. Call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or send a request to schedule an eating disorder assessment today.

The Frightening Truth About Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is not a diet turned bad. Although diet programs may be the “gateway” to the condition, the diet itself is not responsible for the onset of an eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is not a choice, a fad, or a phase. It’s a painful internal emotion of fear associated both with food and with the perception of one’s own body.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with anorexia nervosa are up to ten times more likely to die as a result of their illness compared to those without the condition. Complications from starvation, such as cardiac arrest, organ failure, electrolyte and fluid imbalances, and suicide claim the lives of adolescents and adults every year.

Anorexia Nervosa Warning Signs

People with anorexia nervosa typically weigh themselves repeatedly, portion food carefully, and eat small quantities of a narrow variety of foods. Anxiety, depression, or difficulty concentrating may also accompany these warning signs:

  • Relentless pursuit of thinness
  • Unwillingness to maintain a healthy weight
  • Extremely disturbed eating behavior
  • Distortion of body image
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Over-exercise
  • Misuse of diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives

Anorexia nervosa can start as early as age 8 and as late as middle age, but its onset is most common around or just after puberty. Adults are likely to experience a dramatic drop in weight, while adolescents or children may fail to gain weight and slip from their expected weight-growth pattern. By definition, individuals with anorexia nervosa are below normal weight standards.

Females often experience either a delay in starting menstruation or a loss of menstrual functioning (amenorrhea). Other medical conditions may also be present, such as anemia, dry skin and scalp, osteoporosis, lowered body temperature and blue fingertips, and slow thinking due to brain shrinkage.

Everything in the person’s regular daily life suffers as the condition controls thoughts and behaviors. Family ties, friendships, romantic relationships, schoolwork or career—they’re all jeopardized by the condition. The joy of life wilts under its stress.

The Emily Program offers real help, real hope

We’re passionate about our eating disorder treatment program at The Emily Program, because we’ve seen it turn lives around. It’s a personalized approach that focuses on the whole person, restoring a sense of self so that food becomes nothing but food.

Anorexia nervosa rarely resolves itself. It’s a serious mental illness. If you suspect anorexia nervosa, please call us  today 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or schedule an eating disorder assessment online. We’re here to help.

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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa repeats a frequent cycle that involves eating unusually large amounts of food, followed by purging (self-induced vomiting), fasting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise, and/or other compensatory behaviors. Over time, the physically damaging effects of bulimia mirror its intense emotional toll. The Emily Program can help you or your loved one break the cycle. Call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or send a request to schedule an eating disorder assessment today.

Unlock The Secrets Of Bulimia Nervosa

Outward appearances often disguise the secret lives of people who struggle with bulimia nervosa. Those struggling with bulimia often weigh within or slightly above the normal range for their age. Yet, they typically harbor deep fears of weight gain or they desperately seek weight loss. They feel unhappy about their body size and shape—even as they binge on thousands of calories in a single episode.

People with bulimia try to compensate for gorging by ridding themselves of the excess food, sometimes privately vomiting multiple times a day. They may purchase laxatives from multiple stores to “stock up” for their uncontrolled eating episodes. Sometimes they can’t afford the laxatives or their preferred binge food, and they want to hide the expenditures from a parent or spouse, so they steal instead. All of this secrecy amplifies their feelings of disgust, guilt, or shame. The Emily Program can help you or your loved one break this vicious cycle.

Bulimia Nervosa Warning Signs

  • Frequently and repetitively eating large quantities of food, especially sweets
  • Uncontrolled eating, particularly after a restrictive diet or in response to a stressful or negative situation
  • Compensatory behavior to offset weight gain such as vomiting, laxatives, fasting or over-exercising
  • Leaving for the bathroom immediately after eating
  • Swollen cheeks from self-induced vomiting
  • Yellow, sensitive, slightly pointed teeth, often with receding gum lines
  • Skin sores or gray or brown skin spots
  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes
  • Excessive talk about weight
  • Dislike of body image, size, or shape
  • Over-exercising
  • Misuse of diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives
  • Feeling out of control, depressed, or anxious

Dentists may first notice signs of bulimia nervosa, because repetitive vomiting permanently erodes tooth enamel and discolors teeth. Bulimia causes damage to the esophagus, kidneys, stomach, intestines, lung, and heart, too. This eating disorder may also disrupt normal bowel function, cause electrolyte imbalances, and pose other serious and life-threatening health conditions.

The Emily Program offers real help, real hope

We’re passionate about our eating disorder treatment program at The Emily Program, because we’ve seen it turn lives around. It’s a personalized approach that focuses on the whole person, restoring a sense of self so that food becomes nothing but food.

Recovery from bulimia is possible with professional treatment. Schedule an eating disorder assessment now or call us today at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). There is help. And hope.

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Binge Eating Disorder

People with binge eating disorder repeatedly and uncontrollably consume extreme amounts of food, often resulting in obesity. Guilt, shame, and distress builds. Some people try restrictive dieting, which often ends with another binge eating episode. If this harmful cycle sounds familiar, please call us at The Emily Program at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or send a request to schedule an eating disorder assessment today. There is hope.

Recovery Breaks The Binge Eating Cycle

Binge eating disorder begins with excessive food intake driven by a need to soothe negative emotions. The “comfort” doesn’t last. People with binge eating disorder swing to the other extreme then and begin highly restrictive diets, which often ends in bingeing again—and more negative feelings. It’s more than yo-yo dieting, however. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, often compound the situation.

Weight gain can produce the complications common to obesity, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes. However, binge eating disorder can affect anyone at any weight level, young or old, male or female.

The Emily Program understands the physical and emotional strain of binge eating disorder. We’re here to help with personalized treatment programs that free you or your loved one from its ravaging ups and downs.

Binge Eating Disorder Warning Signs

A combination of risk factors may cause binge eating, such as family history, genetics, dieting, related psychological conditions, and substance abuse, but no single factor causes binge eating. Some indications include:

  • Repeated and frequent excessive food consumption without hunger
  • Using food to cope with negative emotions, but feeling distressed, disgusted, guilty, or depressed instead
  • No compensatory behaviors to “make up” for the calorie intake, such as purging or over-exercise
  • Feelings of loss of control, self-loathing, depression, anxiety, shame
  • Obesity and/or health risks linked to obesity (Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, gallbladder disease or other digestive problems)
  • Insomnia, joint or muscle pain, and/or headaches
  • Menstrual problems
  • Suicidal thoughts

The Emily Program offers real help, real hope

We’re passionate about our eating disorder treatment program at The Emily Program, because we’ve seen it turn lives around. It’s a personalized approach that focuses on the whole person, restoring a sense of self so that food becomes nothing but food.

Recovery from binge eating disorder is possible with the right treatment. Schedule an eating disorder assessment or call us now at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) to find real help—and real hope.

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Compulsive Overeating

People with compulsive overeating typically eat excessive amounts of food—but not because they’re hungry. Instead, they eat to feel better, to feel happy. The opposite happens. They feel a loss of control, as if they have no willpower. And the eating begins again. If you or your loved one compulsively overeat, we can help. Call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or send a request to schedule an eating disorder assessment today.

Compulsive Overeating Is Not About Hunger

The Complexity Of Compulsive Overeating Adds Health Risks

People with compulsive overeating may sometimes eat in binges, but they may also engage in “grazing” behavior, picking at food throughout the day. They may excessively dwell on thoughts about food, sometimes secretly fantasizing about eating and contriving ways to eat alone.

Compulsive overeating often leads to weight gain and obesity, but not everyone who is obese is also a compulsive overeater; people of normal or average weight also struggle with compulsive overeating. Psychological illnesses as well as physical medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, often add complexity to the unhealthy behavior.

Compulsive Overeating Warning Signs

This eating disorder is often entwined with other issues that threaten emotional and physical health. Some indications include:

  • Obesity
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Withdrawal from social situations or events
  • Fatigue

The Emily Program offers real help, real hope

We’re passionate about our eating disorder treatment program at The Emily Program, because we’ve seen it turn lives around. It’s a personalized approach that focuses on the whole person, restoring a sense of self so that food becomes nothing but food.

With the right treatment people can and do recover from compulsive overeating. Schedule an eating disorder assessment now or call us today at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). Let’s find the path to recovery together.

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Help For Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

People struggling with food issues may not show all the signs and symptoms for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or compulsive overeating. It’s okay. At The Emily Program, we recognize and treat Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED). When daily living—work, school, relationships—suffer from problems related to food or body image, call us at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or send a request to schedule an eating disorder assessment today. We can help.

OSFED Embraces Anyone Struggling With Food

Not everyone with an eating disorder fits neatly into one group. Sometimes it’s a combination of the disorders, symptoms present to a greater or lesser degree, or a completely unique struggle with feeding, food, exercising, or body image that impairs the health and well-being of an individual. Some conditions within OSFED include:

  • Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal)
  • Bulimia nervosa (with less frequent behaviors)
  • Binge eating disorder (with less frequent occurrences)
  • Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)
  • Night eating syndrome (excessive nighttime food consumption)

All of these conditions pose serious emotional, psychological, and physical health risks. And all of them deserve attention.

The Emily Program offers real help, real hope

We’re passionate about our eating disorder treatment program at The Emily Program, because we’ve seen it turn lives around. It’s a personalized approach that works exceptionally well for the unique symptoms present with OSFED. We focus on the whole person, restoring a sense of self so that food becomes nothing but food.

With the right treatment people can and do recover from eating disorders. Schedule an eating disorder assessment now or call us today at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). There is help. And hope.

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