Do you or a close friend or family member know someone who is Anorexic? Odds are that you do and you might not even know it.
Did you know that Palmetto provides counseling for women’s issues?
We are proud to welcome Layne Cook, LMSW to our staff. As a counselor, she works with clients that have eating disorders or body image concerns. She developed and runs the Women’s Wellness Group for female clients with body image or eating disorder issues.
Some of the issues she covers are:
Anorexia is a serious potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self starvation and excessive weight loss. Signs you might notice could be denial of hunger, frequent comments out feeling fat, denial of hunger, excuses to avoid mealtimes, refusal to eat certain foods, and a excessive rigid exercise routine with substantial calorie intake. The person who has anorexia might not even know they are potentially sending themselves to a early grave. If you see these warning signs its best to let someone know and try to help your friend or loved one over come this disease.
Ask yourself the following questions. The more “yes” answers, the more likely you are suffering from bulimia or another eating disorder.
- Are you obsessed with your body and your weight?
- Does food and dieting dominate your life?
- Are you afraid that when you start eating, you won¹t be able to stop?
- Do you ever eat until you feel sick?
- Do you feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after you eat?
- Do you vomit or take laxatives to control your weight?
Did you know purging isn’t effective at getting rid of calories, which is why most people suffering from Bulimia end up gaining weight over time. Vomiting after a meal doesn’t completely eliminate the calories consumed. This is because absorption of calories begins the moment you put food in your mouth.