Weight management sounds like it’s a weight loss program, but it’s not. It’s an extensive program supporting the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of people who struggle with unhealthy eating habits. At Cora Health Solutions in the Biltmore Corridor of Phoenix, Arizona, Betsy Serrano, PMHNP, offers compassionate care for people of all ages who need to restore a healthy body image, build healthy eating habits, and overcome eating disorders. Use the online booking feature or call Cora Health Solutions today for expert weight management services.
Weight management includes two broad categories: disordered eating and eating disorders. These categories encompass numerous food, eating, body image, and weight challenges. And they include people who may need to lose or gain weight.
Disordered eating refers to eating behaviors that negatively affect your physical, emotional, and mental health but don’t meet the criteria for an eating disorder.
Disordered eating includes behaviors such as:
People with disordered eating may engage in behaviors that are similar to eating disorders. For example, they may exercise compulsively, binge, and purge by vomiting or using laxatives.
Eating disorders are psychological conditions that change the way you eat, cause a distorted body image and lead to a preoccupation with your weight and body shape.
There are three primary eating disorders:
People with anorexia firmly believe they are overweight even when they’re dangerously underweight. They constantly strive to lose more weight by avoiding food, severely limiting the amount they eat, or fasting. They often purge and exercise excessively.
Bulimia causes binge eating followed by purging. People with bulimia can’t control the need to binge, so they eliminate the extra calories by vomiting or taking laxatives.
Like bulimia, binge eating refers to consuming a large amount of food in a short time, even if you’re not hungry. Unlike bulimia, people with binge eating disorder don’t purge and often gain weight.
Purging may lead to acid reflux and nutritional deficiencies, including the loss of minerals needed for nerve, muscle, heart, and brain function.
Anorexia causes serious health problems, including:
Without intensive treatment, anorexia can lead to multiple organ failure, brain damage, and death.
Treating the numerous disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders requires a holistic approach that includes medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy, nutritional counseling, and a plan to restore healthy eating.
Your Cora Health Solutions provider may prescribe one of several medications, including antidepressants and antipsychotics. They also refer you to a medical specialist if you have serious health problems due to anorexia.
Book an appointment online or call Cora Health Solutions today to receive caring and comprehensive weight management services.