Anorexia and Bulimia Counseling – Therapists and Coaches in Marblehead
In the US around 30 million people suffer from anorexia and bulimia, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. These disorders are life threatening and even potentially deadly.
Like other disorders, are eating disorders genetic? Can they be passed down from one generation to another or be present among multiple members of a certain family tree? Sadly, the answer is yes.
Genes can be a major influence when it comes to these disorders. You are 12 times more likely to develop them if one or more than one member of your family already has them. Your genes can also influence how you perceive food; you can either see it as a reward or a punishment, or something that you must always have or never have at all.
Other Causes of Anorexia and Bulimia
It’s not just the genes. Eating disorder can be caused by a host of other reasons. Mental health issues also play a part where chances of eating disorders are concerned. Anorexia and bulimia are both classic symptoms of depression. Although it should also be pointed out those suffering from these disorders can have depressive symptoms brought on by totally different factors.
Trauma can also cause disorders, especially if you have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Even experiences that caused shame, guilt, or destroyed your confidence can also cause these.
Readily available diet pills or weight-loss pills can also contribute to eating disorders, as well as environmental influences like peer pressure.
Symptoms of Eating Disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Fixation over one’s body image
- Episodes of binge eating followed by purging
- Totally avoiding food
- Following a strict diet over a long period of time to lose weight (which often results in loss of essential nutrients)
- Feeling the need to watch one’s weight
- Feeling shame or guilt after eating
It should be mentioned that these disorders are preventable and even curable.
However, the sufferers who get access to proper treatment and care are only estimated at 10 percent across the country. Yes, only one in every ten. Proper treatment is essential, any less and those “treatments” can end up in disaster.
Challenges and How to Get Bulimia Therapy
If you think anorexia and bulimia should not be taken seriously, think again. They can lead to a host of other problems. Poor eating habits will lead to long-term nutrient loss, which can have disastrous consequences. You can become susceptible to scurvy and even more serious illnesses like stroke, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Eating disorders also have a tendency to lead sufferers into an endless cycle of guilt, shame, and depression; cycles that have been linked to suicide, according to studies.
Food is everywhere; it’s something you cannot avoid, so a struggle against eating disorders is likely to fail without the proper guidance and help. This is something we can provide for you if you happen to be in Marblehead.
Eating disorders can ruin more than your life, don’t let them get that far. We have counselors who are ready to listen to you and guide you through this very difficult time in your life.