Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Plant City, FL, New Port Richey, FL & Inverness FL
Anyone can develop an eating disorder, but statistics show that women struggle with these conditions more than men. Women are three times more likely than men to have anorexia, and their risk is five-times higher for bulimia. Board-certified psychiatrist Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the team of specialists at Instic Health in Plant City, Inverness, Tampa, and New Port Richey, Florida, customize each person’s treatment to meet their unique circumstances and overall health needs. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office, or use the online booking feature today.
Eating Disorder Q & A
What are the different types of eating disorders?
The most common eating disorders include:
People with anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight regardless of their real weight. Even when they’re dangerously underweight, they still believe they’re overweight.
Anorexia makes people severely limit the amount of food they eat. They typically over-exercise and often throw up after eating or use laxatives to help lose weight.
Bulimia is characterized by recurrent episodes of binging followed by purging. Binging refers to eating unusually large amounts of food. When people binge, they feel like they don’t have control and can’t stop.
Then they purge to compensate for overeating. Some people force vomiting, and others use laxatives, fasting, exercise, or diuretics to offset their binging.
While people with anorexia are always extremely thin (emaciated), those with bulimia may be underweight, overweight, or a normal weight.
Binge-eating disorder occurs when you lose control over your eating and consume too much food. Binge eaters do not purge or use any other method to make up for overeating. As a result, they’re overweight or obese.
People with rumination disorder automatically and unintentionally regurgitate undigested food from their stomach. Then they chew it and swallow or spit it out. Regurgitation occurs repeatedly, typically within 10 minutes of eating, and usually without retching or gagging.
What health complications occur due to eating disorders?
Eating disorders are associated with a wide range of potentially serious health complications, including:
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Severe dehydration
- Brittle hair and nails
- Severe constipation
- Low blood pressure
- Eroded tooth enamel
- A drop in body temperature
- Heart and/or brain damage
- Electrolyte imbalance
An electrolyte imbalance occurs when your levels of sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and a few other minerals are either too high or too low.
Electrolytes control heart, nerve, and muscle function. As a result, an electrolyte imbalance may cause a heart attack or stroke.
How are eating disorders treated?
Instic Health customizes each person’s treatment plan based on their personal circumstances and the unique treatment approach needed for each type of eating disorder.
Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
- Nutritional guidance
- Behavioral therapy
- Lifestyle and habit changes
- Family therapy
- Talk therapy
Early treatment for an eating disorder helps you overcome the challenge and get back on the path to a healthy, fulfilling life.
To schedule an appointment, call Instic Health, or connect using the online booking feature today.