At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu, we are experienced in working with patients with co-occurring disorders. These treatment programs include, but are not limited to, substance abuse and eating disorders. To get eating disorders treatment in Los Angeles, contact Visions Teen Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.

Teen Eating Disorder Symptoms & Signs

An eating disorder is an illness that affects how food is consumed daily. The most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. Nearly half of all individuals with an eating disorder are also abusing drugs or alcohol, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). This makes eating disorders a common issue addressed at treatment facilities like Visions Teen Treatment Centers.

Eating disorders frequently develop during the teen or young adult years. The Nemours Foundation estimates that as many as one or two of every 100 students will struggle with some type of eating disorder.

Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Common symptoms of eating disorders include:

  • Developing a very restrictive diet
  • Skipping meals or eating separately from the family
  • Persistent focus on body size
  • Frequent talk about weight loss
  • Leaving during meals to go to the bathroom
  • Eating more in one sitting than is normal or expected
  • Eating in secret or expressing shame over eating
  • Excessive exercise

Treating Eating Disorders

When eating disorders accompany substance abuse, it is known as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. In these cases, both conditions must be treated at the same time to produce the best possible results. Treatment might include counseling, medical monitoring, nutritional counseling and medication.