Eating Disorders

Mental Health & Outpatient Mental Health Clinic located in Green Bay, WI
Eating Disorders services offered in Green Bay, WI

About 9% of Americans develop an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. At Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the team of compassionate clinicians understands the challenges that eating disorders bring, so they use person-centered approaches tailored for the individual. They’re here to help you heal, grow, and move forward to reach your recovery goals. In-person, phone, and video appointments are all available so you can get the help you need in the way that’s most convenient for you. Call the office or book your appointment online now.

Eating Disorders Q & A

What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders refer to conditions that negatively affect your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around food. Although medically classified as mental conditions, eating disorders can have severe and life-threatening physical effects as well.

What are the different types of eating disorders? 


Eating disorders include:


Anorexia nervosa


Anorexia nervosa is the best-known eating disorder. It features highly restrictive eating habits and dramatic weight loss. People with anorexia strive to stay significantly underweight, even when it causes serious health problems.



Bulimia is a well-known eating disorder characterized by food binging followed by purging. Vomiting is the most common purging method, but others include taking laxatives. 

Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder involves consuming a great deal of food very quickly. This disorder doesn’t include purging, as bulimia does. 


Pica involves craving and eating non-consumable materials. Some common examples include chalk, dirt, and clay. 

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder 


Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder is characterized by severe food restrictions and avoiding specific foods (or food groups). 

What are the signs of an eating disorder?


Each eating disorder has its own unique signs and symptoms. Many people who struggle with eating disorders experience one or more of the following symptoms.


  • Preoccupation with food
  • Preoccupation with weight
  • Preoccupation with body size and shape
  • Avoiding eating around other people
  • Unusual food behaviors and rituals
  • Skipping meals 
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Irregular period in women and girls
  • Dizzy spells
  • Dental problems, like enamel erosion on teeth


Because eating disorders are each so unique, the signs and symptoms associated with them can vary quite a bit. Some people deliberately mask their signs of an eating disorder, making it hard for others to recognize.

How are eating disorders treated?

Eating disorder treatment depends on individual needs. Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC takes an integrative, eclectic, holistic, and person-centered approach that allows the experienced clinicians to truly customize your treatment. 


Many patients who have eating disorders respond to a blend of approaches, including individual psychotherapy and group therapy. Through treatment, you alter the damaging thoughts and emotions that contribute to disordered eating habits and develop a healthy relationship with food. 


You can overcome this challenging time and have a healthy relationship with food again. To schedule your first appointment, call Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC or click online scheduling now.