People diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa suffer daily from an intense fear, and it only worsens the longer the disorder is present.

This serious physical and emotional illness is based in an abnormal fear of being fat, and poor eating habits incur dangerous weight loss. Affecting both men and women, Anorexia is the third most common long-term illness among teenagers. People are often surprised to discover that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and anyone that is concerned for themselves or a family member should immediately seek counseling.

Many people think those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa have rail thin bodies.  In fact, Anorexia Nervosa affects people of many body types and from all different cultures. Misusing laxatives, controlling calorie intake, excessive exercising, vomiting, and enemas are some of the ways people try to control weight to obtain a certain body image that is advertised in western culture. The coping mechanism of equating a thin body shape with self-worth is a destructive and dangerous path that can lead to illness and sometimes death. Eating disorders are often a reflection of a difficult family dynamic, and while society does play a role, a true anorexic is seeking to control an uncontrollable environment. Fear, body image distortion, and controlling coping mechanisms can be assessed by professionals to help restore an individual back to a healthy and happy life.

Four Winds Counseling Center provides a safe and healing space for anyone who has questions, understand treatment options, or refer family members. With only one third of individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa receiving treatment in the United States, Four Winds Counseling Center wants to make sure you and your loved ones receive the care you deserve. Call or email us today to begin the discovery to a healthy and joyful life.