Athens, Alabama - USA (Limestone County)
Eating Disorders Can Be Treated at Percy Center for Eating Disorders in Athens, AL - According a government report, approximately 2.1% of American adults and 2.7% of American children and adolescents suffer from some form of eating disorder. These figures may not seem significant, unless the American adult or child or adolescent is you or a loved one. Fortunately, help is available at Percy Center for Eating Disorders, 5835 Bay Village Drive, Ste. 16, in Athens, Alabama. Eating disorders can include anorexia nervosa, binge eating, or bulimia. Athens residents or those in surrounding areas who suffer from anorexia nervosa see themselves as grossly overweight, even though they are actually too thin.
In an effort to keep their weight down or maintain a specific clothing size, people in Athens and other regions may eat only very small amounts of food, or only certain types of foods that are designed to keep weight down, if they eat at all. In addition, they may also use laxatives or other things to rid the body of food before it can be digested and the fat absorbed.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are those residents, adults or children/teens, in Athens, Alabama, who will have periods of time where they eat as much as they possibly can at one setting. This is called binge eating. Very often, this problem is accompanied by bulimia, an eating disorder in which binge eating occurs, but then the food is removed from the body, again before digestion can occur, by either self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives or other purges.
All of these are considered eating disorders, and all can be dangerous, especially to children and teens whose bodies are still growing and developing. Percy Center for Eating Disorders in Athens is available for those people needing help with this problem. Treatment methods can include individual and group counseling sessions to determine the cause for an eating disorder. In addition, Athens, Alabama and surrounding area residents are "re-taught" how to eat wisely, so that they will no longer view food as an "enemy" or a "weapon".
In addition, residents at Percy Center for Eating Disorders are monitored to ensure that they are eating properly. For those suffering from anorexia nervosa, this may mean that staff members make sure they do consume foods; for others, staff members will help them control their portions and amounts so that binge eating does not occur. Bulimics are also monitored to ensure that they do not try to use purge methods.
As mentioned earlier, Percy Center for Eating Disorders is located at 5835 Bay Village Drive, Ste. 16, in Athens, AL. Information can be obtained by writing or visiting the facility, or by calling 256-217-4276.