Treating Eating Disorders
Anorexia Treatment, Bulimia Treatment, Over Eating Treatment, Food Addiction Treatment and other Eating Disorder Treatment
Treating Eating Disorders is a complex subject that requires specialist and holistic treatment at a proper registered eating disorder treatment centre, that’s why, at CapeRecovery we work with the best place in Cape Town both for locals and for overseas people. This is one of the finest environments for any type of eating disorder (anorexia treatment, bulimia treatment, over eating treatment, food addiction treatment amongst others) combined with addiction, process addiction or a dual diagnosis problem. Eating Disorders essentially comprise of a range of behaviours, such as overeating or under-eating. Some may be easily diagnosed and categorised, others may not. A diagnosable eating disorder happens generally when the individuals relationship to food becomes way out of control, as is the case with anorexia nervosa, where restricting food leads to major health problems and can be fatal unless treated properly.
Disordered eating, as I said, is a very complicated matter and some people experience eating and food issues that are problematic or unhealthy that don’t meet the specific criteria for one of the six eating disorders below, they are all serious however and every case must be managed individually and holistically.
The six recognised specific types of eating disorders:
- Anorexia nervosa – extreme food restriction, low body weight, possible malnutrition or starvation, distorted body image, fear of gaining weight, obsessive thoughts about weight and food. There are two types, the restricting type and the binge-eating or purging type.
- Bulimia nervosa – cycle of binge eating, feelings of shame, guilt, and remorse, leading to binge by purging or over exercising. Causing dehydration, chronic sore throat or inflammation of the esophagus, abdominal pain, and bowel problems. It does not generally result in significantly low body weight, and often a person’s weight may be above average.
- Binge eating is quite similar to bulimia in that a person will consume huge amounts of food in a short time period, then experience feelings of guilt or disgust.
- Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) – nutritional deficiency because the person fails to get the adequate nutrients in their diet, often reliant on oral supplements or enteral feeding at a chronic stage, significant weight loss and severely impaired psychological and social functioning.
- Pica – relatively rare eating disorder, the consumption of non-nutritive substances, such as clay, paper, soap, chalk, mud, or laundry starch. A person may like the texture or flavour and eating these things gives them comfort. More often found in certain cultures, pregnant woman and institutionalised people.
- Rumination disorder – compulsive regurgitation of food, spitting, re-chewing, or re-swallowing of the food.
The thing to remember is that like addiction treatment, people are all very different in terms of the type and amount of help they need. Even if someone has never been diagnosed with one of the above, disordered eating of any kind is often a symptom of underlying stuff that must be dealt with. It is not uncommon for those suffering with eating disorders to have other metal health or addiction issues and our clinic uses CapeRecovery’s personalised assessment and treatment philosophy.
Our close relationship with the Eating Disorder Clinic means that we can get help and advice on anything related to eating disorders and we can also be confident that all our clients are receiving the best possible care at every stage of their individual process and at the same time benefitting from the CapeRecovery method of supporting them during the entire journey and beyond. Overseas people can check out the CapeRecovery Experience and what that entails, designed just for them!
I am personally delighted that treating eating disorders is now our speciality as well as addiction treatment. We can apply the same principles of continued recovery to anorexia treatment, bulimia treatment, over eating treatment and food addiction treatment, that we already do with our incredible addiction treatment. At CapeRecovery we love the whole recovery feeling in Cape Town and the mix of people recovering from eating disorders and all addictions makes for a great and hugely supportive experience for anyone who has the good fortune to come here for treatment. We take care of everything and also organise any sober living arrangements, social stuff with the Cape Town Recovery Community and even voluntary experiences if that’s what the client would like. We only charge local prices to everyone and we even pick you up from the airport and visit you in treatment whilst keeping the family and friends back home fully informed. Some would say it is the perfect recovery experience and we won’t disagree, the thing is, we truly enjoy what we do and want all our clients to get well and experience what we have in recovery.