Anorexia Treatment for 16-75-year-olds: Signs, Symptoms and Rehab

If you have been trying to keep your body weight as low as possible and see yourself differently to the way everyone else sees you, then it may be the case that you are suffering from a serious mental health condition known as anorexia.

Admitting to having this eating disorder is never easy but once you do, you can access the help and support that will enable you to put it behind you for good. Banbury Lodge has a team of therapists who specialise in the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia. We are here to help you regain control of your life.

What Is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder that is caused when people severely restrict the number of calories they consume. Not eating enough calories can cause serious mental and physical health problems. If you are affected by the condition, you may not be getting the nutrition you need to stay healthy and your weight is likely to drop dramatically.

You probably have a distorted body image and see yourself as needing to lose more weight, when everyone else believes that you are too thin and need to be eating more. It is likely that you have an irrational fear of gaining weight and as such will only eat foods that you believe to be non-fattening.

The ability to control food intake when unable to control anything else in your life could be the reason you have developed anorexia. It is important that the feelings you are experiencing are treated as soon as possible.

How Can I Tell if I Have Anorexia?

Your family members and friends may have expressed concern about your eating habits or the fact that your weight has dropped dramatically. If you fiercely denied that anything was amiss or challenged the idea that you need to gain weight, you have done what almost every anorexic does.

A major part of your illness is the fact that you are incapable of seeing yourself the way that others do. It is best to take an honest look at your eating habits and behaviours to get a clearer idea of whether your loved ones could be right.

If you can identify with the signs of anorexia below, you should seek help as soon as possible:

  • Are you obsessed with food and limiting the amount you eat?
  • Do you feel that you are under pressure to be perfect but find that you cannot achieve this?
  • Do you believe that you need to lose weight?
  • When you lose weight, do you believe that it is not enough?
  • Do you restrict food intake for extended periods of time?
  • Have you cut out entire food groups?
  • Are you obsessed with only eating food what is considered low fat?
  • Do you spend time making meals for others but do not eat them yourself?
  • Do you hide food or throw it away while pretending you have eaten it?
  • Do you lie to loved ones and say that you have eaten already when in fact you have not?
  • Do you take laxatives to lose weight or exercise excessively?
  • Do you get anxious or tense at meal times?
  • Do you become angry or defensive when people mention your weight or suggest you should eat more?

Overcoming an eating disorder such as anorexia is not an easy task but the most important step on the road to recovery is admitting to having a problem. If your behaviour mirrors the above, it is important that you speak to someone to get the help you need to take control of your life and put your eating disorder behind you for good.

What Effects Will Anorexia Have on My Body?

The effects of anorexia can be devastating and without treatment could even be fatal. It is for this reason that getting help as soon as possible is so important. If this condition affects you, you are likely to suffer many different health issues as a result.

Severely restricting calorie intake can result in dramatic weight loss, which can leave you feeling very tired and weak. Your body temperature is likely to drop, and you will feel cold all the time. You might notice that your nails and hair become brittle, and your hair may become very thin and even fall out.

The more your weight drops, the more likely it is that you will develop what is known as lanugo. This is very fine hair that will grow all over your body as your body attempts to keep itself warm. If you are a woman, you are likely to notice a change in your menstrual cycle; your periods could stop completely and your ability to conceive will be severely hampered.

As the illness progresses, you are likely to suffer severe problems as many of your internal organs will be affected. Without treatment, you could develop, among other things, poor circulation, low blood pressure, slow breathing, and an irregular heartbeat.

Severe problems could include heart attacks, heart failure, bowel problems, kidney disease, seizures, malnutrition, and death.

Why Do I Have Anorexia?

There are many reasons people develop eating disorders such as anorexia. There is no single cause for everyone, so it is important for counsellors and therapists to help you delve deep into your past to determine the reasons this condition developed.

People with a family history of eating disorders, substance abuse and other mental health problems have a higher risk of being affected. If you have lived with a parent who has or had an unhealthy attitude to food, it can cause you to develop similar attitudes as well.

There may have been a trigger that caused you to develop this condition:

  • Being criticised for your weight or body shape
  • The death of a loved one
  • Being bullied at school or at work
  • Suffering any form of abuse
  • Being the victim of domestic violence
  • Suffering from child

Perhaps you have a job or are involved in a sport where there is a certain amount of pressure to be thin. Ballet dancers, models, actresses, gymnasts, and jockeys are often under pressure to be slim and this can be a contributing factor when it comes to anorexia developing.

Can Anorexia Be Treated?

The good news is that you do not have to continue living under the weight of anorexia. You can beat this illness and go on to live a happy and healthy life with your loved ones. You can move forward provided you get the right help and support.

We work on the principle that everyone should be given their own plan of care to ensure that all their needs are met. We understand that you have a complex mental health issue and that the symptoms of this must be addressed. We aim to treat your mind, body, and spirit so that you can make a full recovery.

Your programme is likely to include elements of the following:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutritional education
  • Mindful fitness
  • Art therapy
  • Sound therapy.

Our programme is designed to be person-centric to treat you as a whole person and not just your eating disorder. We will help you to identify the reasons behind your illness and the negative thought processes that you have in terms of how you see yourself and food.

We will help you develop a healthy attitude to food and your body so that you can move forward to a life that is not dominated by restricting calories and a never-ending quest to be thinner. If you are ready to get well again, please call us. Our team of friendly advisors will provide information on anorexia and how you can overcome it.