Eating disorders are common, dangerous mental health conditions that cause abnormal eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Eating disorders are among the most deadly mental health conditions.
There are five main types of eating disorders:
Whether you severely restrict your caloric intake, overeat, or purge, the stress on your body affects nearly every organ and system, leading to long-lasting health problems.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, eating disorders aren’t always related to body image or a desire to be slim. While girls and young women are more likely to have an eating disorder, boys and young men can also have an eating disorder.
Eating disorders can stem from a need for control or discipline. Young people might also develop an eating disorder if they participate in a sport that focuses on weight like ballet, gymnastics, or wrestling.
A family history of an eating disorder or other mental health conditions like depression or anxiety also increases your risk of food intake disorders.
Dr. Copelan provides comprehensive, customized treatment plans to help your child recover from an eating disorder. She combines medication and therapy to help your child and might recommend family therapy to help you learn how to support your child.
Many children benefit from therapy to resolve the underlying issues that contribute to their disordered thinking. They also learn techniques to cope with urges to restrict, binge, or purge.