If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, our team of specialists at Banbury Lodge may be able to help. We are one of the few centres that treat teenagers (16+).
Eating disorders are progressive and sometimes chronic illnesses which can take over your life – to the detriment of your emotional, physical and mental health, as well as your social, work, and personal life.
Eating disorders very much vary in symptoms and can involve eating too much or too little. They are often characterised by becoming obsessed with weight and body shape, as well as the nutrient and calorific content of individual foods and whole food groups.
Men and women of any age can develop an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 25 years old.
Common eating disorders are:
The main symptom of anorexia is deliberately losing a lot of weight or keeping your body weight much lower than is healthy for your age and height.
Signs and symptoms include:
You may also notice physical signs and symptoms such as:
The main signs of bulimia are eating a large amount of food over a very short time (binge eating) and then ridding your body of the extra food (purging) by making yourself vomit, taking laxatives or exercising excessively, or a combination of these.
Other signs of bulimia include:
You may also notice physical signs like:
The main symptom of binge eating disorder is eating very large amounts of food in a short time, often in an out-of-control way. But symptoms may also include:
Symptoms don’t exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but it doesn’t mean it’s a less serious illness. OSFED is the most common, then binge eating disorder and bulimia. Anorexia is the least common.
The five OSFED examples are:
Eating disorders are more common than you think, despite being more popular among teenagers it remains a growing problem for adults too.
Binge eating, bulimia and anorexia
Although many eating disorders develop during early and late adolescence, it is not at all unusual for people to develop eating disorders later in life.
Several years if left untreated
Yes. With professional treatment and a strong aftercare support programme
Eating Disorders are a group of illnesses that are characterised by unhealthy eating habits, and severe emotional distress and preoccupation about body weight or shape.
Although these conditions are treatable, the symptoms and consequences of untreated eating disorders can be severe, progressive, and fatal.
Someone suffering from an eating disorder may experience symptoms such as:
Eating Disorders are complex disorders, influenced by a combination of different factors. It is believed that a combination of biological, psychological, and/or environmental factors contribute to the development of these illnesses.
Examples of biological factors include:
Examples of psychological factors include:
Examples of environmental factors are:
Eating disorders can take over your life and can be very difficult to overcome. But with the correct treatment, you can learn healthy and effective coping mechanisms to help you to build a life you really love.
Every organ of the body can be damaged through eating disorders, including the brain, heart and kidneys. This damage may not be fully reversible, even when the eating disorder is under control.
In addition to the host of physical complications, people with anorexia also commonly have other mental health disorders as well. They may include:
Low estrogen levels can contribute to significant losses in bone density, according to the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center.
The stress of being malnourished on the body can also contribute to excessive production of the adrenal hormone cortisol, which is known to trigger bone loss.
Low bone density can lead to more stress fractures and, possibly, osteoporosis.
Food restriction and purging dehydrate the body, impacting electrolyte levels, leading to decreased muscle function. Like a muscle, the heart very much depends on electrolyte balance to function properly.
Eating disorders can contribute toward prolonged maladaptive functioning the result of which can be can be heart disease, heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), cardiomyopathy (weakening heart), muscle weakness that can border on paralysis, and tetany (involuntary muscle contractions).
Eating disorders also affect the effectiveness of the reproductive system. Women with a history of eating disorders have higher rates of infertility and miscarriage.
When the brain doesn’t get enough nutrition, it loses brain matter. The white matter returns when weight and nutrition are restored, but the grey brain matter does not. These deficits may not be clinically evident initially but may be associated with long-term effects on cognitive functioning and the ability to concentrate.
Neurological consequences of eating disorders are related to length or the disorder.
Residential rehabs offer rigorous medical, therapeutic, and holistic programmes of recovery for eating disorders. These programmes are facilitated by professionals in the field.
Banbury Lodge provides a bespoke treatment plan for those suffering from Eating Disorders, which includes a plan for 16 – 19-year-olds.
Our Eating Disorder programme provides a blend of:
Rehab will provide you with a space in which to explore your feelings and get to know yourself better. Rehabs are able to provide and use a range of therapeutic styles and tools and aim to tailor the approach to your needs and goals specifically.
In rehab, you will explore your feelings around your disordered eating and think more broadly about what you want out of life. You will have the opportunity to stop the eating disordered behaviour, to build on your self-esteem, and to develop more effective and satisfying ways of communication with family and others.