You have heard of binging and purging, or just avoiding food intake altogether. But did you know that there are more than one or two types of eating disorders? Here are some of the most common ones that we provide counseling for in our Park City and Salt Lake City practice:
Anorexia — Probably the most common type of eating disorder we see is anorexia nervosa. It’s a decreased caloric intake that usually starts around puberty and predominantly impacts women.
Bulimia — Also common in younger women, bulimia nervosa involves eating food and binging afterward, rather than avoiding it altogether. Thus, someone purges in order to lower the number of calories they’ve consumed.
Pica — Some people crave non-food. Hair is a common example, but it’s not the only one. Things like cloth, dirt, or even soaps/detergents are normal.
Rumination disorders — About a half hour after a meal, a person will regurgitate the food they’ve eaten, and then re-chew it and swallow, or spit it out.
Avoidant/Restrictive food intake — Children and some adults avoid eating foods with certain types of smells or tastes. It is sometimes linked with tube feeding or nutritional deficiencies.
Get Confidential Help for Your Eating Disorder
This isn’t a comprehensive list of eating disorders, but it does include many of the common ones that we provide counseling for at our Summit County therapist office. Individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds can be affected. The key is to recognize the signs and take steps to bring joy and health back into your life.
At The Dell Center for Therapy, we’re able to meet privately with individuals that have eating disorders, and their families, to help find strategies to overcome the challenges and pressures caused by their unique condition. We’re one of the only therapists in Utah to offer online therapy for your session! Meet us here in Park City or Salt Lake City, or we will come to you. Schedule your consultation today.