Eating Disorder
Signs and Symptoms

No one chooses to have an eating disorder.
You can choose not to go through it alone.

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Eating Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms

  • Sudden interest in weight loss diets (e.g., keto) or specialized diets (e.g., no sugar)
  • Excessive/compulsive exercise
  • Binge eating
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Laxative, diuretic, and/or diet pill abuse
  • Food chewing and spitting
  • Obsession with food cleanliness
  • Feeling overweight despite weight loss or
  • low body weight
  • Impulsive or irregular eating habits
  • Insulin misuse (in individuals with diabetes)
  • Noticeable distress and feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt around food
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Eating disorder treatment should not be delayed

  • Eating disorders have some of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses.
  • In the United States, there are 10,200 deaths per year as a direct result of an eating disorder, equating to one death every 52 minutes.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse are four times more common among people with eating disorders.
  • Suicide is a major cause of mortality for individuals with eating disorders.
  • While women are more likely than men to struggle with eating disorders, all genders are impacted.
  • People of all races are affected, with BIPOC being half as likely to be diagnosed or to receive treatment.
  • People with eating disorders tend to experience symptoms for an average of six years before ever seeking treatment.
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We’re here to help

Individuals with eating disorders tend to experience symptoms for an average of six years before seeking help, and only one in ten people with an eating disorder seek and receive treatment at all.

Many are afraid to reach out due to stigma, denial, past negative experiences, or confusion about their symptoms.

These statistics are disheartening, but recovery is possible – even probable – for individuals who seek the help they need as soon as possible upon recognizing their symptoms.

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Adaptive Care Model®

Alsana's Adaptive Care Model for eating disorder recovery

We know eating disorder treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model® reflects our integrative approach to eating disorder treatment. We focus on each client’s total health and well-being by empowering these areas: medical, therapeutic, nutrition, movement, and relational practices.

Our leadership and treatment teams work collaboratively to develop, train, and create consistency within all of our clinics. Within this framework, we put the client first, offering essential tools, compassion, and support as they work towards full eating disorder recovery.

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Medical Treatment

We heal bodies and minds.

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Nutrition

We believe in and practice all-inclusive nutrition.

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Movement

We support movement for every body.

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Therapeutic

We cultivate compassion.

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Relational

We are accepting of all lived experiences.

In Their Own Words

Find out what some of our former clients have to say about Alsana.

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder…There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!

    Sydney
    Sydney
  • I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.

    Paul
    Paul
  • Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions.

    Kate
    Kate
  • Alsana helped me develop a better understanding of my hunger fullness cues, learning that food wasn’t the only thing I could be hungry for and that it is okay to have the foods you like.

    AA
    AA
  • Alsana is and has been one of the most respecting and caring and safe places for me to go as a trans man all staff and clients respected me in ways that I’ve never been respected in before and I felt welcomed and safe to be myself.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
  • Alsana is a truly professional, organized, and compassionate organization and team. I have been impressed.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
  • FABULOUS. Loved the program, the pace, the DCs and therapists, and the groups!

    AES
    AES
  • I loved the format and the intensity of virtual IOP. I feel like my team actually cared and the session leaders as well. Would 100% recommend to anyone battling an eating disorder.

    VR
    VR
  • A crucial part of my experience in residential was the exploration of movement. I was given excellent support in this area. I learned a lot about my body by giving it rest and through the educational [group movement] sessions. I loved exploring the different experimental movements, feeling joy in participating in activities again, and trying new things.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
  • I never thought recovery was possible for me, but Alsana showed me just how worthy and capable I was of a better life. I owe my life to them.

    Erin
    Erin

We will support you in finding your balance, purpose and possibilities. Welcome to Alsana. We are so glad you found us.

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