How to cope with an eating disorder
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 4:50
- Date Oct 14, 2012
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
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-- -- house call did you know that an estimated eight million people in our country suffer from an eating disorder.
And for many that's like an addiction doctor Somalia it really is a serious problem -- very widespread how can people do with a -- -- if if -- got a -- one who has.
Well I think it's a lot more common than we think in these kids -- are you are under tremendous amount of pressure.
Not just you you know from the school and appears -- -- a look at what's going on in the media from.
-- -- you're born you had a beautiful Barbie toy that's looking at you that's always very pretty.
Tool -- you know land it is reality TV shows are carried dashes at.
But the truth is.
There's a way for parents to be involved and catch them early on these are very subtle signs that you see.
Kids like this are a perfectionist.
They may be cutting their food in certain ways.
And and that it starts may -- but even the diet pill or competition for some sort of sports.
It becomes part of their personality.
Just since eight million people must be adults suffer and -- -- and you grow within that it stays with you and that's part of the problem because of personality so flexible over time.
And that's the only control they have they can't control their job they can control to school full it is only through to have control over.
They're gonna take it out on that and I think the parents have to be involved they have to recognize it.
Not to judge nobody should judge -- kids but try to partner up with them try to understand them.
And reward where there's a good behavior and sort of get help when you see it's getting out of control.
And you brought it up -- -- is a question from Judy doctor Siegel a parent.
She writes his parents and then eighteen year old college freshman suffering from an eating disorder how much -- -- leave it up to her to take charge of herself.
How much do we need to step in and subtly.
They have to step in fact studies show that family therapy is much more effective in this then.
Single therapy -- behavioral therapy for one person I want to point out here that eating disorders.
Which can be up to 10%.
Of young women have some kind of eating problems and now men are -- getting it is well.
This is a complex thing that involves nutritionists.
Physicians like me psychiatrists.
Everyone has to get involved Jamie because it's like an addiction it's like stepping into a -- at first you're -- The next thing you know your body images off the next thing you know you're binge eating now there's something -- emea which is binge eating followed by purging we use laxatives you start to purge.
Or anorexia nervosa which is -- another huge -- we have such terrible body image that you just literally starve yourself.
Those patients the hospitalizations are up 18% over the last decade.
I end up getting involved because -- electoral lights are out of whack I have to treat them in the hospital and there's a risk of dying from this.
This is not something to say I hope my child at college can take care of this this is something where parents have to step in.
And doctors have to step in you can lose people this way I actually literally lost.
A -- a patient -- lost a child this way recently is not some -- take lightly.
You know -- to -- I think about Karen Carpenter.
Of the car printers if you're me in my age category and that was so public.
When you know that you could die from something like anorexia.
-- do you get it under control yourself if you don't have a loved one that -- an intervention and can meditation beanie didn't.
Sometimes yeah guys sometimes Jamie anti depressants in news cycle therapy is often needed.
As David was pointing out earlier we end up role modeling are celebrities -- won't look like this posh other celebrities are so thin.
We want to be like that we teach our young girls to be like this.
And that ends up leading to a cascade of problems.
Which we can't reverse that -- the time to start this is when kids are young not to teach them that they have to deal to -- but just to be healthy.
-- I hated Barbie shed a three inch wakes -- -- you know -- big part of this is really having a great open communication with the guys as you know.
In the -- aware.
You that this -- is checking on these emails and mommy's own -- twittered his kids are basically wandering around.
Not spending enough quality time with the parents and that's very important family -- also.
-- this eating disorders who you always think about this anorexia but something that doesn't come up often.
On the other side of the spectrum is also another big OJD eating disorder -- stress can do -- a lot of blood pressure in this community is aside the can do it.
But you know you need to be here where a fit and having friends and family around you that can calmly and in this other way tell you look.
It's it's also difficult starved its own part I think thanks -- over -- sending their great question and keep your questions coming to our website the doctors we'll stick around after --