As we continue our look at middle aged women and eating disorders, we must examine the health risks that are posed by developing an eating disorder late in life. In our previous post, we discussed the causes of eating disorders among middle aged people. Many of the women who develop an eating disorder after the age of 30 have been treated for an eating disorder previously or have endured significant trauma that is leading them towards the development of their eating disorder. The physical toll that eating disorders take on the body can be devastating. Please call Legacy today if you need to speak with a therapist in Raleigh, NC that you can trust.
How do you know if you or someone you love are struggling with an eating disorder? Identifying the behaviors associated with an eating disorder can be tricky. To many people, these signs may look like a woman who is watching her diet and trying to eat healthy. However, if these symptoms start stacking up, your friend or loved one may have an eating disorder. Here's what to look for:
- Excessive exercising
- Restricting calorie intake
- Self-induced vomiting after meals
- Binge eating
- Expressing guilt after eating
- Hiding eating habits
- Using laxatives regularly
Addressing the fact that you believe someone has an eating disorder can be difficult. If you have an eating disorder, asking for help can be frightening. Unfortunately, the longer an eating disorder is left untreated, the more damage it can do to the body. While younger women struggle with fewer severe physical side affects, older women are more at risk for more serious health complications as a result of their eating disorder.
Researchers have found that between 40 and 80 percent of women have severe medical issues as a result of their eating disorder. For some women, these problems can be minor such as headaches or fatigue due to low blood sugar. The more severe health concerns related to middle aged eating disorders are:
- Heart attack
- Increased risk of dementia
- Damage to joints
- Fractured bones
- Tooth loss or damage
- Esophageal damage
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Expedited onset of menopause
At Legacy Freedom of Raleigh, we understand that seeking help for your eating disorder can be difficult. The guilt, shame, and embarrassment you may feel because of your disorder shouldn't stop you from getting the help you need for this serious condition. Our staff is here to help, not to judge. Our holistic mental health treatment program is focused on you, not your eating disorder. We believe in healing the whole person. Helping you identify the root of your eating disorder will help you overcome it once and for all.
Together with your care team, you will create a customized care plan that is focused on your needs. Getting to the root of your eating disorder is crucial. Your therapist will help you identify why your eating disorder exists in a series of one-on-one therapy sessions. Whether the cause is depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem, your therapist will help you work to identify the issues that are causing you to have an unhealthy relationship with your body and with food. Group therapy sessions allow you to connect with peers who are struggling to overcome their own eating disorders. Together you can form a support network to help you stay on your healing path while you are away from our outpatient facility.
We also offer our patients the ability to work with an staff dietician and physical therapist to help heal the physical damages of the eating disorder and encourage you to develop a healthy relationship with food and your body. Alternative therapies are utilized for many clients to assist them in setting boundaries and working through underlying traumas or issues that may be impacting their disorder.
For more information on our unique holistic approach to eating disorder treatment call or click to connect with Legacy Freedom today!