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Eating Disorder Treatment Los Angeles

Here at Rebos Treatment we focus on acute eating disorder therapy. What is acute eating disorder therapy? It addresses the eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Acute eating disorders are life-threatening and have emotional and physical tolls that affect every aspect of the mind and the body.

Here at Rebos Treatment Center in Los Angeles, our acute eating disorder therapy addresses these struggles in both men and women. Our treatment focuses on helping them heal from the inside out. Not only do we help those first struggling with recovery but we provide therapy sessions for ongoing recovery maintenance. We want everyone who steps into our doors to receive treatment that is long-lasting.

Eating Disorder Treatment for Women

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. Many believe that eating disorders only affect young, adolescent females, but eating disorders can affect men and women of any age. That being said, research from the Department of Psychology at York University has found that women are more likely to experience brain activity relating to negative body perception which can lead to the development of an eating disorder.

Men and women are both susceptible to developing an eating disorder, but research has shown that it is more likely for women to be dissatisfied with their body. Little is known about the neural mechanisms underlying negative feelings towards the body and how they relate to body perception and disorder pathology. However, it is known that eating disorders correlate with biological influences like neurobiology and genetics.

Eating Disorder Treatment for Men

When someone mentions eating disorders our minds typically think of females struggling, but a large portion of those struggling are in fact men. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 10 million men in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

That’s a large amount of individuals, yet only 10 percent of those that seek help for an eating disorder are men. Many men feel embarrassed or reluctant to seek help. This is incredibly dangerous because according to the American Journal of Psychiatry, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Anorexia, for example is now diagnosed in boys as young as eight, and a full 40% of those with binge-eating disorders are male. Just like women, men often make comparisons to images and others and can find themselves lacking. Due to this we’re seeing an increase in men that are dieting and working out to the extreme, making them vulnerable to anorexia, exercise bulimia, and muscle dysmorphia.

Young boys begin to form an image of their bodies at puberty. There is often a pressure and expectation for boys to be strong physically, and they can feel competitive to others who might be going through puberty sooner than them.

Anorexia Nervosa

  • There are a few criteria that must be met to be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa according to the DSM-5:
    Restriction of energy intake relative to requirements leadin got a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health.
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
  • Disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
    While these are the criteria to be diagnosed with anorexia, the failure to meet these does not mean that a serious eating disorder is not present.

“Atypical anorexia” can be present in individuals who meet the criteria for anorexia but are not underweight despite a significant weight loss. While those struggling with atypical anorexia might not be as noticeable, but studies have shown no difference between the medical and psychological impacts of atypical anorexia and anorexia.

Bulimia Nervosa

Like anorexia, bulimia nervosa has specific diagnostic criteria according to the DSM-5:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
    • Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g. within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.
    • A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g. a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise.
  • The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least once a week for three months.
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.
  • The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.

Bulimia nervosa is an incredibly serious, and potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Not only is malnourishment a problem, but the constant binging and purging of food can have severe health issues like impaired immune functioning, slow heart rate, fainting, loss of hair and can even have heart and other major organ effects. Unlike anorexia, those struggling with bulimia are often within the normal weight range, and are sometimes even overweight.

Binge-eating

Binge eating is often an overlooked eating disorder. When someone says the word “eating disorder” our minds immediately snap to someone underweight who doesn’t eat or purges, but binge-eating is a severe, life-threatening disorder. It’s characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, typically quickly and to the point of discomfort.

There’s often a feeling of loss of control during eating, and a feeling of distress, shame, or guilt afterwards. While binge-eating is often associated with bulimia, binge-eating disorder (BED), does not regularly use purging to counter the binge.

Diagnostic criteria for binge-eating disorder is:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
    • Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.
    • A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).
  • The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
    • Eating much more rapidly than normal.
    • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
    • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
    • Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating.
    • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
  • Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.
  • The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months.
  • The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (e.g., purging) as in bulimia nervosa and does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

Eating Disorder Treatment

According to the International Journal of Eating Disorders, only 1 in 10 individuals who suffer from an eating disorder receive treatment. There are 30 million Americans who have an eating disorder. Receiving treatment for an eating disorder greatly increases the likelihood of long-term recovery.

Treating an eating disorder will require a combination of psychological and nutritional counseling. More often than not it will also require medical and psychiatric monitoring. People with eating disorders are at higher risk for suicide and medical complications, and they often struggle with other mental disorders like depression or anxiety, or even substance abuse.

Treatment goals typically include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercising, stopping binging and purging and binge-eating behaviors. Eating disorders come with complex emotional challenges as well. While there are many treatment options available, including counseling that doesn’t interrupt a person’s day to day life, it’s important to find the appropriate level of care that is required for the individual’s needs. This might include residential treatment, outpatient treatment, or other options.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder it’s important to reach out to someone that you trust and let them know what you’re going through. From there, you should discuss the best treatment options available to you. If you think a friend or loved one might be struggling, the first thing you can do to help them is to learn as much about eating disorders as possible to understand what they are struggling with so you can approach the situation with care and compassion.

If you are looking for treatment options for eating disorders, Rebos Treatment Center can help. At Rebos, there is no such thing as one specific recovery program. Every recovery program is client-centered and individualized, which means that it’s created to be unique. Our clients are partners and co-creators with Rebos in their plan for recovery. It’s important to remember that recovery from eating disorder is possible, and Rebos will be with you every step of the way.

Eating Disorder Treatment Los Angeles
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