What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat.
Anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities. Historians and psychologists have found evidence of people displaying symptoms of anorexia for hundreds or thousands of years. People in non-Westernized areas, such as rural China and Africa, have also been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
How We Treat
Our primary focus in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa is not on a client’s weight, but on the unhealthy behavior and underlying causes that developed this behavior. Treatment focuses on stabilizing clients medically while fostering a reconnection to their bodies and emotions in a safe, loving environment. We take the holistic approach, treating both the mind and the body in relation to the given environment addressing clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
If you or your loved one suffers from Anorexia Nervosa, please call and speak with one of our supportive intake team members today at La Ventana Treatment Center.