What marks an eating disorder? Generally speaking, an unusual preoccupation with food and weight, to the point where you can think of little else. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders affect both men and women, and while they typically appear in adolescence or young adulthood, they can develop at any age. Eating disorders wreak havoc on the body, and if left untreated, can be fatal. Typical treatment for an eating disorder involves psychotherapy, nutrition education, family counseling and inpatient or outpatient treatment.
If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, or you suspect that an eating disorder is the cause of certain behaviors, help is available. We have programs and services available to you at Providence, and there are also abundant resources throughout the region and nationwide to help you get the help you need.
Oregon and Washington resources
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