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Eating Disorders

Overview

Eating disorders are serious conditions. They include

  • Anorexia nervosa, in which you become too thin, but you don't eat enough because you think you are fat
  • Bulimia nervosa, involving periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives
  • Binge-eating, which is out-of-control eating
Women are more likely than men to have eating disorders. They usually start in the teenage years and often occur along with depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

Eating disorders can cause heart and kidney problems and even death. Getting help early is important. Treatment involves monitoring, mental health therapy, nutritional counseling and sometimes medication.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

National Eating Disorders Association
This site offers general information about eating disorders and body image concerns; referrals to treatment centers, doctors, therapists and support groups; and educational curricula, videos and books.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders
This site offers information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and other less well-known food and weight disorders. Materials include self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.

Understanding Eating Disorders and Identifying the Problem

Renfrew Center, Eating Disorders Signs and Symptoms
Offering day treatment, intensive outpatient and inpatient programs for the treatment of eating disorders, the Renfrew Center has locations across the country. Among other things, this site offers information for those concerned that a loved one might have an eating disorder.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
This link takes you to the American Psychiatric Association website where you can search for information about eating disorders, symptoms, treatment and resources.

National Institute of Mental Health
Information about eating disorders, signs and symptoms, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.

National Eating Disorders Association
This page includes terms and definitions, factors that may contribute to an eating disorder, information on prevention of eating disorders and more.

Academy for Eating Disorders
Although geared primarily for professionals specializing in eating disorders, this site is one of the best resources for anyone interested in the latest research.

Local Resources

Finding a Provider or Support Group in the Fort Collins Area
Click on the “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services” category and search for a provider or select the "Support Group" checkbox for a support group.

Connections
Mental Health Connections is a joint project of SummitStone Health Partners and the Health District, providing mental health resources for Larimer County residents.

Colorado State University Health Network
CSU has counseling services for students attending the university. For more information, call 970-491-6053.

EDCare, Eating Disorder Center of Denver
This organization is committed to empowering individuals suffering with anorexia, bulimia and related disorders to make healthy, long-lasting change and experience the success of recovery. It includes networking services for both professionals and patients/alumni of the center.

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