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While eating disorders are sometimes associated solely with food and weight preoccupations, they are complex diseases with a variety of causes. Those suffering from them may try to use food and the control of food to cope with feelings and emotions that may otherwise seem overwhelming. For some, dieting, bingeing and purging may begin as a way to cope with painful emotions and to feel in control of one’s life. Ultimately, though, these behaviors will damage a person’s physical and emotional health, self-esteem and sense of competence and control.

Women are more commonly affected by eating disorders, but millions of men and boys also battle all forms of the illness. Additional research is needed, but several studies provide insight into the male experience of eating disorders.

Recognize that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one “right” body size. Your body is not, and should not be, exactly like anyone else’s. Try to see your body as a facet of your uniqueness and individuality.

The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or psychological counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs. Ideally, this treatment should be tailored to the individual and will vary according to both the severities of the disorder and the patient’s particular problems, needs, and strengths.

Eating Disorder Hope.com maintains a listing of New Jersey eating disorders treatment centers to help individuals and loved ones seeking recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia, compulsive overeating or other eating disorders. A thoughtful treatment program supported by a focused treatment team and on-site medical care may make the difference between continued struggles from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, or success in recovery.

ED Referral.com is a comprehensive and easy to search database of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorder treatment resources. Since 1999,it has been dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. There are a variety of treatment options available: individual therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, psychiatric care, outpatient, inpatient, residential, etc., and we can help you locate these resources.

You are not alone — do not be afraid to take the first steps toward your recovery.

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