How to know if i have an eating disorder?

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How to know if i have an eating disorder?

I am the Chief Operating Officer at Milestones in Recovery located in Cooper City, FL. Milestones has been treating both women and men who suffer from eating disorders since 1999.

Over the past 20 years, we have literally treated thousands of individuals whose lives had been negatively impacted by an eating disorder and then forever changed because they came to Milestones.

As you can imagine, I have answered many questions from lots of individuals who are concerned about their own eating disorder behaviors, as well as their concern for others.

Below are some typical questions and answers to introduce what eating disorders are and how we treat them here at Milestones.

Our belief is: Through treatment, there is always hope.

What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is characterized by irregular or abnormal eating habits that negatively impact your life or health.

What symptoms should I look for if I am concerned that I might have an eating disorder?

There are several different types of eating disorders and each has a different set of symptoms/behaviors. Besides the physical effects, the emotional effects can be just as impactful to your quality of life.

Here are the most common types of Eating Disorders:

Anorexia: is an eating disorder that can be characterized by:

Food Restricting

  • Excessive Exercising
  • Only eating certain types of food
  • Frequently weighing oneself and body checking
  • Purging through restricting calories.
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Premature death

Bulimia: is an eating disorder that may be characterized by:

Consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time (over 1000-2000 calories in one sitting)

  • Purging/Vomiting as an attempt to rid the body of this large amount of food
  • Purging could also include abuse and overuse of laxatives or diuretics
  • Excessive exercising
  • Depression, anxiety or using drugs/alcohol to excess
  • Tooth decay due to stomach acids from purging
  • A higher risk of suicide or self-harm

Binge Eating (BED): is an eating disorder that may be characterized by:

Frequent and recurring binge eating episodes, consuming abnormally large amounts of food in a short period of time

  • Negative feelings about oneself after these episodes
  • Feeling helpless to stop binge eating, despite the negative consequences (i.e. health issues, low self-esteem, weight gain, making deals with yourself)
  • Health issues (diabetes, heart disease, lack of mobility due to weight gain)

How do I know if I need treatment?

When your life seems unmanageable.

You purposely isolate from your friends and family to engage in your excessive exercising or binging on large quantities of your favorite foods. Are you hiding food to consume, so no one will judge or comment?

Experiencing a lack of control, feeling depressed or anxious about problematic food behaviors. Feeling shame and guilt about your eating habits.

Being dependent to food – in that you feel uncontrollable cravings for certain foods, such as sugar, and being unable to control your intake of these foods.

What does treatment at Milestones look like?

After entering treatment, all clients are carefully paired with a primary therapist. You then participate in individual and group therapy sessions. You meet with our psychiatrist and doctor to address any health and psychological issues you are struggling with at the time.

As the nutritionist here at Milestones. I will also work with you to personally design a food plan that is nutritious, avoids trigger foods, meets your caloric goals and includes foods that you actually want to eat.

We also incorporate movement and exercise such as Pilates and Yoga as healthy companion activities.

How do I begin the process of coming to Milestones?

It all starts with a phone call. Samantha will help walk you through the process. They will assist you with any questions you may have about the program and will help get you scheduled for an assessment. We want to make certain that Milestones is the appropriate level of care that you need. We will even verify your insurance benefits for you, so you will know exactly what treatment will cost.

We know reaching out for treatment is difficult, but getting your life back is sure worth it. Let us help you. Milestones 800 347-2364

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Nikki Glantz, RDN
“I would have to say my favorite part of working at Milestones in Recovery is a tie between the everyday pace of things and the one-on-one time I get with clients during our nutrition sessions.”  Nikki is a Nutritionist and COO at Milestones in Recovery. Nikki studied at the University of Florida, earning a B.S. in health science education, and…