Monthly Archives: July 2010

What Role Does the Family Play in An Eating Disorder?

The family is either going to be positive or negative, there is no such thing as neutral when it comes to the impact of a family member on the eating disorder.  Therapists err when they fail to recognize the powerful role that the family plays in the recovery process.  Because many traditional therapists believe that it is a “boundary violation” to involve family members in treatment, they effectively create a situation which makes it less likely that the patient will recover.  Excluding the family creates a sense of helplessness and futility for them and isolates the patient even further.

Parents must understand what to expect in terms of the recovery process or they may inadvertently derail it and therapists must facilitate that understanding by insisting on the family’s active involvement.

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Incidence and Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

The US Dept of Health and Human Services task force reports:

  • 10 million females and 1 million males have life threatening eating disorders
  • 87 percent are children and adolescents under the age of twenty
  • By age 13, 10% of girls had reported the use of self-induced vomiting

Risk Factors for Different Groups

 

  • Teens: Early puberty is a primary risk factor for the onset of eating disorders among teens.
  • Males: The number of males with eating disorders has doubled in the past 10 years, certain sports, homosexuality
  • Women: Increasing numbers of women aged 20 – 50 seeking help for eating disorders they have harbored secretly for twenty or thirty years.

 

Health Consequences of Eating Disorders:

 

Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental health disorders, killing or maiming between 6 and 13 percent of victims who die of:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack/failure
  • Seizures
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Diabetic Coma

Sources:

US Dept of Health and Human Services – (http://www.hhs.gov)

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Relationship Between Obesity and Eating Disorders?

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There is an epidemic of obesity in the US today. Consider the following:

  • 1 in 3 Americans is overweight
  • 1 in 5 or 129.6 million are obese
  • 70% of Americans dieted in 2007
  • 95% of all diets fail if exercise is not part of the program
  • Yo-yo dieting leads to eating disorders and may be the single most common “cause” of disordered eating
  • In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying that they would prefer to have cancer, lose both their parents, or live through a nuclear holocaust than to be fat.
  • 80% of girls in grades 3 to 6 displayed body image concerns and dissatisfaction with their appearance
  • 81% of 10 year olds say they are afraid of being fat
  • By the time girls reached the 8th grade, 50% of them had been on diets, putting them at risk for eating disorders and obesity.
  • 25% of first graders admit to having been a diet.

In my practice, I often see patients that were overweight as children and experienced such self-hatred or shame that their eating disorder is a conscious attempt at avoiding that situation again.

For others, a family member, perhaps a father or mother or even a grandmother or an aunt with a weight problem triggers intense anxiety about weight gain.

If you are a loved one need treatment for obesity or an eating disorder in Cincinnati, I’m here to help! Schedule a consultation at 513-300-8043!

Sources:

World Health – 1 in 3 Americans are Overweight or Obese (http://www.worldhealth.net/news/1_in_3_americans_are_overweight_or_obese/)

My Best Health Portal – Top 20 Reasons Why 95% of All Diets Fail (http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/features/featured-articles/top-20-reasons-why-95-of-all-diets-fail.html)

Empowered Parents – The Skinny on Raising Daughters to Become Healthy Eaters (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article14.htm)

Empowered Parents – Childhood Fears Take New Form: Body Image Concerns In Young Children (http://www.empoweredparents.com/1childhoodonset/childhood_01.htm)

Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm)

 

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Childhood Obesity

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  • 15% of children and adolescents 6-19 are overweight and another 15% are at risk
  • 10% of preschool children 2-5 are overweight
  • 1 in 5 children are currently obese
  • For those who are obese at 10-13 years of age, they are 70% more likely to be obese as adults
  • Self-esteem is negatively affected and may result in the development of personality disturbances that last a lifetime.

If you are looking for childhood obesity treatment in Cincinnati, there is help! Schedule a consultation with me at 513-300-8042.

Sources:

Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm)

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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