Eating Disorders

A life changing epidemic affecting the lives of millions.

Anorexia-what is it?

Anorexia is an emotional disorder characterized by an obsession to lose weight by restricting food consumption.

•Anorexia is the third most common long-term illness among teenagers.

•About 1 in 200 women suffer from anorexia

•Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.

•85 percent of all Americans with an eating disorder are female, but 15 percent are male.

Signs and Symptoms

•Dieting despite being thin

•Obsession with calories, fat grams, and nutrition

•Pretending to eat or lying about eating

•Dramatic weight loss

•Feeling fat, despite being underweight

•Denial that you're too thin

Physical effects

•Severe mood swings; depression

•Lack of energy/weakness

•Slowed thinking ; poor memory

•Dry, yellowish skin and brittle nails

•Constipation and bloating

•Tooth decay and gum damage

•Dizziness, fainting, and headaches

Steps to Recovery

1. Admit you have a problem.

2. Talk to someone.

3. Stay away from things that trigger your disorder, like fashion or workout magazines.

4. Seek professional help.

Bulimia-what is it?

Bulimia nervosa is a disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by frantic attempts to avoid gaining weight. The affected person will consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories during a binge. They will then try to rid their body of the calories with laxatives, excessive exercise, or self-induced vomiting.

•One and a half million people in the US alone are bulimic.

•95 percent of all bulimic are female.

Binge eating signs

•Lack of control over eating-inability to stop eating. Eating to the point of physical discomfort.

•Secrecy about eating-wanting to eat in privacy

•Eating unusually large amounts of food with no fluctuation in weight

•Disappearance of food

•Alternating between overeating and fasting

Purging signs

•Going to the bathroom after meals

•Using laxatives, diuretics, or enemas after eating.

•Smell of vomit-person or bathroom may smell like vomit?

•Excessive exercising

Columbia Phsychiatry

The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders is an internationally recognized program committed to the research and treatment of eating disorders. Our program is part of New York State Psychiatric Institute, located at Columbia University Medical Center. The unit provides comprehensive clinical services based on best practices. Our program is unique in its ability to offer treatment at no cost in exchange for participation in research.

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