Eating disorders are mental health conditions with life-threatening physical side effects.
It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. A wide range of eating disorders and dangerous eating behaviors effect men and women of all ages — even children. While media coverage and educational efforts have increased public awareness of binge-eating, bulimia, and anorexia in recent years, eating disorders such as food aversions and avoidance and excessive exercise are less well-known. Misinformation and strong stigma surrounding eating disorders can make these conditions difficult to detect and prevent people from seeking eating disorder treatment. Because eating disorders have significant negative effects on the body, they are particularly dangerous, and lead to more fatalities than any other mental health condition.
Eating disorders are often rooted in negative self-image, low body-confidence, and the overwhelming desire to conform to unhealthy social ideals. Forcing oneself to fit cultural stereotypes such as women needing to appear thin, or men needing to appear muscular, can lead to damaging beliefs and behaviors. Meeting the demands of weight-restrictive sports like wrestling or swimming may lead to unhealthy relationships with nutrition and exercise. Attempting to live out the seemingly perfect but highly edited lives projected on social media can lead to the relentless pursuit of unattainable goals. Because these conditions are often driven by negative self-perceptions, they are frequently accompanied by other mental health conditions such as substance use, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
The experienced clinicians of Turnbridge understand the relationship between the thoughts and behaviors that drive eating disorders and the damage these conditions can cause to the mind and body. The Turnbridge eating disorder treatment program integrates psychotherapy, somatic care, and nutritional education to comprehensively treat these complex disorders and address their root causes to support long-term recovery.