Are they avoiding spending time with friends? Do they seem hyper focused on food? Have you watched them with concern as they continue to lose weight, appearing to be a shell of their former, vibrant self?
You may even feel paralyzed with confusion - who can you talk to? What do I even ask?
With so much stigma surrounding eating disorders, you may be worried about bringing up concerns about your loved one for fear that you could make it worse or draw attention to a private issue.
As you listen to recommendations by medical providers about your loved one you are confused by what all of these extra visits with providers are going to look like. How are you going to make time for them when your schedule is already so saturated with appointments? You can’t understand WHY your child is refusing foods that they once enjoyed. Why can’t they just eat?
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Eating disorders can be difficult to catch initially as they are easily disguised as eating healthy or exercising without cause for concern. It’s often not until the symptoms have progressed significantly that an intervention is made. While individuals struggling with eating disorders may experience symptoms a bit differently, some common, early signs of eating disorders are:
Over concern about their body weight, shape and size and an intense fear of becoming fat.
Increased anxiety or even anger if others are in control of cooking, plating and portioning their food.
They may avoid eating in front of others or even make excuses as to why they can't eat such as, "I ate before I came over" or "I'm not hungry right now."
Excusing themselves to the bathroom immediately after eating.
Cutting their food up into small pieces, pushing their food around on the plate or needing to eat foods in a certain order or even being obsessive with the timing of meals and snacks
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by restricting food (energy). Anorexia can impact all ages, genders, and ethnicities.
Individuals with anorexia may have an intense fear of weight gain and feel that their body is fat even when their weight is dangerously low. They may find it difficult to take in adequate food intake or interrupt excessive exercise even as medical complications such as cardiac abnormalities, fatigue and bone loss start to appear. Anorexia is an extremely serious condition that has significantly higher mortality rates compared to other mental health disorders due to complications resulting from malnutrition and starvation if left untreated.
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Individuals with bulimia nervosa may also have an intense fear of weight gain, or a preoccupation with body shape and size. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors in an effort to control weight. Compensatory behaviors can range from self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, diuretic use, enemas, excessive exercise or prolonged periods of restriction.
Bulimia nervosa is extremely damaging to the body and can have life-threatening complications. These range from electrolyte abnormalities and cardiac arrest, severe tooth decay, digestive disorders and suicidal thoughts.
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Our team of Registered Dietitians is here to provide you with the guidance to help you navigate eating disorder recovery with confidence and clarity.
We're not new to this. Our eating disorder treatment paths have been designed in response to our decades of experience as Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitians. We’re also moms, sisters, aunts, and friends who’ve been in your shoes and can support you in helping someone you love who is struggling with an eating disorder.
We understand how important it is for you to get life back to normal for you and your family, knowing that your loved one is safe and thriving and that you have the tools in place to make that happen.
We have carefully put together services to help you feel confident in knowing who to talk to, what questions to ask and feel comfortable communicating your needs with the people around you.
Together, we’ll help you see the bright light at the end of this journey and know that you and your loved one are going to come out of this with renewed strength and resilience.
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You don’t have to live with the constant, nagging fear that you won’t be able to figure out how to help support someone you know with an eating disorder. Nutrition coaching with NourishRX can help you sleep soundly at night knowing that you have the tools in place to provide your loved one with the care and support they need as you all work through the recovery process together.
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Caregiver support isn’t the only option for working with NourishRX. Our team of Registered Dietitians also offer one-on-one support in nutrition counseling for intuitive eating, anorexia recovery, binge eating recovery, bulimia recovery, picky eating, meal planning and micronutrient testing.