Eating disorders are
serious illnesses

Eating disorders are real, complex illnesses that can cause severe harm. Like schizophrenia or diabetes, eating disorders are not a choice, fad, or phase. Eating disorders are also more prevalent than many people realize, and they rarely resolve on their own. Fortunately, they are treatable. The Emily Program provides personalized treatment plans that help each person on the path to recovery.

Types of eating disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recognizes four kinds of eating disorders.

Anorexia Nervosa

Prolonged and extreme food restriction and malnourishment that cause dramatic and sustained weight loss. This often presents with a genuine fear or gaining weight and other body image issues.

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Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

A feeding or eating disorder that is characterized by fear, a lack of interest in food, or an avoidance of certain foods that results in persistent failure to meet adequate nutritional needs.

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Binge Eating Disorder

Excessive and uncontrolled consumption of food or a particular food without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating; often present with a pattern of “yo-yo dieting.”

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Bulimia Nervosa

Food is consumed but then expelled by self-induced vomiting, laxatives, or other methods. This is often present with a genuine fear of gaining weight and other body image issues

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Compulsive Overeating

Excessive and uncontrollable consumption of a variety of foods or one food in particular, often to the point of feeling unwell. Typically, there are no purging behaviors that follow consumption and morbid obesity is often present.

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Eating Disorder/Substance Use Disorder

Eating disorders often present with a second disorder, including substance use disorder, anxiety, trauma or depression, to name a few. We believe that simultaneously treating both disorders in a dual diagnosis is the most effective approach for a lifetime of recovery.

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Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

A feeding or eating disorder that causes significant distress or impairment, but does not meet the criteria for another feeding or eating disorder.

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Related Mental Health Issues

Eating disorders often present with a second disorder, including substance use disorder, anxiety, trauma or depression, to name a few. We believe that simultaneously treating both disorders in a dual diagnosis is the most effective approach for a lifetime of recovery.

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In addition, people may struggle with food in ways that resemble more than one of the DSM-5 types of eating disorders or they may present symptoms not defined in the DSM-5 categories. These are called Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), and The Emily Program treats these as well.

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