Whether stemming from behavioral challenges, societal pressures or an underlying mental health issue, eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, race, gender or background. They are just as dangerous as other illnesses, so it is important that these disorders are identified and treated right away. Find community resources available in Stark County to support you or a loved one who is struggling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or another eating disorder.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health concern, call the hotline right away. Intake specialists are available 24 hours a day to offer confidential support.
Mobile behavioral health services are available for youth in their homes, at school and in various other community settings. This service can be accessed 24/7.
While there is no known cause for eating disorders, there are many events and factors that are likely to trigger the behaviors. Trauma, stress and abuse are common factors, as well as unrealistic pressures from society. Often people diagnosed with eating disorders suffer from low self-esteem or a distorted self-image, but they can be anyone from any background.
The signs of anorexia can often be difficult to identify. They might look like regular dieting behaviors at first and can be easily concealed or explained away. Eventually, these symptoms can become extremely dangerous, so it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Learn about the warning signs of anorexia below:
One of the most common eating disorders affecting young people in Stark County, bulimia is a dangerous disorder that can have serious impacts in a young person’s life. If someone routinely consumes large portions of food with the intent to purge the meal and lose weight, they are likely suffering from bulimia. Learn about the signs and symptoms associated with bulimia below:
Commonly referred to as compulsive overeating, binge eating disorder is when someone uncontrollably consumes a large amount of food without feeling full or fulfilled. To be considered binge eating, episodes of overeating must happen a minimum of twice a week over the course of at least six months. Learn more about the signs of binge eating disorder:
If you are concerned you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to schedule a medical appointment with a qualified mental health provider near you. There are many treatment options available in Stark County, including therapy, nutrition education and prescription medications.
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