While exercise is generally thought to be healthy and good, too much exercise can have negative effects and be a dangerous behavior contributing to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Dr. Patricia Pitts of The Bella Vita Eating Disorder Treatment Program recently appeared on the Dr. Drew show on the topic of Exercise Bulimia. Dr. Pitts appeared with actresses Traci Dinwiddie and Elisa Donovan who discussed their own personal experiences with anorexia and bulimia. Dr. Pitts, a licensed clinical psychologist, shared her expert advice on exercise bulimia and eating disorders.
Exercise bulimia describes individuals who compulsively exercise in order to purge their body of calories. While exercise is generally thought to be healthy and good, too much exercise can have negative effects and be a dangerous behavior contributing to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. This can be a difficult disorder to diagnose because most people believe that by exercising they are being healthy and, in fact, medical professionals often tell patients to stay active. Symptoms of compulsive exercising may include missing engagements in order to work out, working out while sick or injured, feeling depressed when not able to work out, working out for hours each day, and not resting or taking a day to recover. Exercise bulimia can be very dangerous, leading to injuries, excessively low body fat, dehydration, fatigue, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart problems and reproductive issues. Therapy, support groups, and when needed, treatment programs can help individuals to recover from the compulsive behavior associated with exercise bulimia.
Dr. Patricia Pitts is a nationally renowned expert on eating disorders and eating disorder treatments. She is the Chief Executive Officer of The Bella Vita Eating Disorder Treatment Program. She has extensive experience in the development and management of eating disorder treatment programs including inpatient hospital programs, residential programs, outpatient programs and outpatient individual, family and group therapies. Her commitment is to help patients with eating disorders bring a healthy balance back to their lives.
The Bella Vita was established in 1985 and has grown to include residential treatment centers in La Canada Flintridge, California, and a newly opened facility in Thousand Oaks, California; transitional and healthy living in San Marino, California; and outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and outpatient services in Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, California. The Bella Vita offers treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorders not otherwise specified, and binge eating disorder. They believe in a multifaceted approach to treatment which addresses the eating disorder itself as well as associated conditions such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, alcohol or chemical dependency, and the like. To contact Dr. Pitts or to learn more about eating disorder treatments, contact The Bella Vita of Los Angeles at (323) 255-0400 or call our 24/7 Helpline at 818.585.1775.