Aspire Wellness and Recovery Teen Programs for Eating Disorder Treatment
We offer Day Treatment programs five days a week for teens that are struggling with an eating disorder. We also offer afternoon intensive outpatient for teens that are attending school while they participate in our treatment program. Our multidisciplinary staff of therapists, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and caring support staff have years of experience specializing in treating both teenagers and adults who are struggling with an eating disorder.
The Facts on Teen Eating Disorders
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders are a very common struggle for teenagers. Recent statistics show that close to 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight, and 80 percent of 13 year old have attempted to lose weight through dieting. Given that 95% of all individuals with eating disorders are under the age of 25, and 86% of individuals report that their eating disorder started before they were 20 years old, it is extremely important to diagnosis teens with eating disorders as early as possible.
What are the Warning Signs of Teenage Eating Disorders?
Because many individuals suffering from eating disorders will often deny it and try to hide both their physical symptoms (i.e. wearing baggy clothes) as well as their atypical eating disorder behaviors. Here are some things to watch for that may indicate an ongoing struggle with an eating disorder:
- weight loss (sometimes dramatic)
- over exercising
- constantly counting calories and fat content
- refusal to eat or eating very small portions
- skipping meals
- going to the bathroom frequently right after eating
- atypical eating behaviors such as chewing food and spitting it out
Depression, withdrawing from family and/or social circles, insomnia and mood swings often accompany the eating disorder behaviors listed above.
What are the Physical Symptoms of Eating Disorders?
Eating Disorders can do major internal damage to vital organs, the brain, and the nervous system. However most of these physical affects are hidden. Below is a list of visible physical signs that may indicate damage as a result of an eating disorder:
- dizziness or fainting
- hair loss or thinning
- bloodshot eyes or dark circles under the eyes
- overly thin with bones protruding around the neck and back
- irregular or absent menstrual cycles
- dry skin
- very fine body hair covering the body
What is the First Step in getting Help?
More deaths occur as a result of eating disorders than any other mental health disorder. In fact, the mortality rate associated with Anorexia Nervosa alone is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causesof death for females between the ages of 15 and 24.
If you or someone you know may be suffering from an eating disorder, the best thing you can do is schedule a Psychological Evaluation with a therapist who is trained in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment. Eating Disorder programs for teens are designed to help them deal with the difficulties of adolescence that may be underlying their eating disorder behaviors.