Eating Disorders

Those who are affected by eating disorders may not know where to turn to for professional help. The nutritionist at EatWellGuru helps patients with eating disorders in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Metro area. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Dadkhah by calling one of our locations.

Eating Disorders Q & A

by Maryam Dadkhah, Ph.D., RDN, CPT

What are the different eating disorders?

There are three main eating disorders diagnosed by doctors and then a few additional eating or feeding disorders that do not fit into any of the three main categories. The main categories are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa - preoccupation with thinness; fear of gaining weight; extremely strict dieting; distorted body image
  • Bulimia Nervosa - eating large amounts of food (known as a binge) followed by activities to compensate like vomiting, fasting, or exercising excessively
  • Binge Eating Disorder - eating large amounts of food without doing compensatory behaviors afterward

Additional eating disorders that affect clients may include Pica, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Rumination Disorder, and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder.

How can I tell if I have an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are basically characterized by an extremely unhealthy relationship with food and one’s body. Different eating disorders exhibit different symptom patterns. Only an experienced health care provider can diagnose an eating disorder.

Overall, these disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions relating to eating behaviors that have negative effects on a person’s health, emotional well-being, and ability to function in school, work, or relationships. If you suspect you or someone you know has an eating disorder, call our clinic today to learn more about how Dr. Dadkhah can help.

How can EatWellGuru help with eating disorders?

The most effective treatment for eating disorders is a combination of psychological counseling or therapy and medical and nutritional monitoring. Due to this threefold aspect of treating eating disorders, many patients work with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers.

Dr. Dadkhah has comprehensive experience completing nutritional counseling for patients with eating disorders. During your visits, you will learn the importance of developing a healthy relationship with food. You will also be evaluated to determine your nutritional needs and a customized plan will be created that helps you know how much you should be eating to stay healthy.

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Not all insurance providers cover nutrition services. Please call the number on your insurance card prior to your visit to learn if medical nutrition therapy services are a covered benefit. When you call us to make an appointment, we will also obtain your insurance information to check your insurance coverage. We bill your insurance provider for each visit, and you cover the co-payment or deductible. The amount that you owe depends on the specific health insurance plan you have. For your co-payment or for those who prefer to pay out-of-pocket, we accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards.

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