How Can Breathe Help With Anorexia?
If you or someone you know shows signs of struggling with Anorexia, it is important to know that help is available, and treatment works. Breathe Life Healing Centers begins to treat the behavior through healthful nutrition that meets a person right where they are on their path. Our signature program, Breakfree @ Breathe, helps you make lasting changes that stay with you long after you finish your treatment with us. We look at emotional causes that may be triggering the behavior and talk openly and honestly about how to confront these issues instead of with food. In addition, we begin to treat the underlying issues that triggered the behavior in the first place. Through a paced process of uncovering, discovering, and addressing the core issues, we begin to heal the whole person.
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder, however it is not necessarily about the food or the weight. Someone who suffers from Anorexia has become hyper-focused over the way his or her body looks and feels. The preoccupation takes over and affects healthy eating and exercise routines and habits, and replaces them with one that fixates not only on losing weight, but with calorie intake, exercise, and body weight. The behavior leads to the inability to maintain a healthy weight, a distorted body image that doesn’t allow the person to see how they look in an accurate way, as well as being overcome with a fear of gaining weight.
What Does Anorexia Look Like?
Mealtimes, eating and drinking become stressful events that anorexics avoid, disguise, lie about or cover up. Thoughts of body image, self-esteem, food, diet, exercise, and calories overtake the person’s entire life. Often times the diagnosis or label of being anorexic is rejected and the truth is buried under the emotional trauma of the eating disorder.
There are different types of Anorexia that can look very different in people. One type restricts calories so weight loss is attained by not consuming any calories. In advanced cases, bodily functions begin to shut down as the body literally starves to death from not receiving good, healthy nutrition each day.
Another type purges or eliminates food immediately after eating through vomiting, diuretics or laxatives. The effect can have the same effect on the body by limiting the nutrients the body can absorb during the short time food is in a person’s system. Additionally, some anorexics over-exercise in order to burn more calories, working out harder and longer after eating.
Here are a few signs and symptoms that someone struggling with Anorexia might experience:
- Dieting despite being thin
- Obsession with calories, fat grams and nutrition
- Pretending to eat or lying about eating
- Preoccupation with food
- Fixating on body image
- Critical of appearance with a denial of being thin
If someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder like Anorexia, give us a call. Together we can answer your questions and begin to put a plan together.