What is Anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa, usually shortened to anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss and difficulty maintaining an appropriate body weight. People with anorexia often restrict the amount and types of food they eat, limiting their intake of calories. Some struggling with anorexia may also exercise compulsively or use other behaviors to compensate.
When Is Anorexia Treatment Appropriate?
Anorexia can lead to a number of serious mental, emotional, and physical effects. When you or a loved one is struggling with anorexia, and it begins to affect their daily activities and life, professional treatment can help.
Every person struggling with anorexia will have different clinical needs, based on a combination of factors. Our program is designed to help support healing by creating the most effective treatment plan to address those clinical needs. We work directly with our clients, and their loved ones, to ensure the correct treatment goals and to help support long-term recovery.
What type of Treatment is best?
Every person struggling with anorexia will have different clinical needs, based on a combination of factors. We meet our clients where they are, tailoring treatment to be the most efficient and effective while encouraging them throughout.
•At any given point, between 0.3 and 0.4% of young women will suffer from anorexia.1
•An ongoing study in Minnesota has found the incidence of anorexia increasing over the last 50 years only in females ages 15 to 24. In other ages groups and in males, the incidence remained stable.2
•When researchers followed a group of 496 adolescent girls for 8 years (until they were 20), they found3:
- 5.2% of the girls met criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.
- When including nonspecific eating disorder symptoms, 13.2% of the girls had suffered from an eating disorder.
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2. Lai, K. Y. (2000). Anorexia nervosa in Chinese adolescents—does culture make a Lucas AR, Crowson CS, O’Fallon WM, Melton LJ 3rd. (1999). The ups and downs of anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 26(4):397-405. DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1098108X(199912)26:4<397::AID-EAT5>3.0.CO;2-0.difference?. Journal of Adolescence, 23(5), 561-568.
3. Stice E & Bohon C. (2012). Eating Disorders. In Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 2nd Edition, Theodore Beauchaine & Stephen Linshaw, eds. New York: Wiley.