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Alimentary Behavior Disorders

Ayuda y orientación para sentirte en armonía con tu cuerpo.

You're not alone. You'll find in our clinic the help and guidance you're looking for to learn to eat healthily and in harmony with your body.

In a recent U.S. survey of 30 000 people, it was stressed that 93% of surveyed women and 82% of surveyed men are concerned about their physical appearance and work to improve it.

This is quite beneficial when the goal is to be healthy, but when you lose track, between doing it for health and obsession for perfection, you get sick with so serious and degenerative illnesses such as Bulimia and Anorexia.

A disorder is a complex and chronic disease which affects all important aspects in a person’s life: physical, mental, family, school and social. Nowadays, it is more common to meet teen and young women, victims of eating disorders, because they value being thin and their body figure excessively, developing abnormal eating disorders, which risk their physical and mental health. But each time is more common in children, men and adults.

This type of disorders is divided into:

  • Specific: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Not Specific: which are the ones that don’t comply with the diagnosis criteria of Anorexia nor Bulimia. Binge Eating disorder is the most common.

We know that each person is different, but there are certain family, socio-cultural and psychological factors that stand out and are the same among people who suffer from this disease.

Some of them are: tendency to perfectionism, desire to be in control, history of childhood obesity, low self-esteem, seeking approval from others by their looks, fear of the responsibilities of adulthood, family and friends criticism about their figure or weight, family dysfunction and traumatic situations during childhood.

  • Sociocultural factors: social pressure to be thin, confusion of sexual roles, pressure to excel, emphasis on thinness as a model of beauty, popularity, control, and success, the stigma of being  obese, andobesity as a sign of failure, lack of control, lack of culture , loneliness, media influence.
  • Family factors: issues of diet, weight, shape in relation to social approval.
  • Psychological factors: emotional changes during adolescence, transitions through the cycle of life, loss (health, a loved one, economic collapse), prior psychopathology (mood disorder, anxiety or personality disorder prior to developing the Alimentary Behavior Disorder).

Currently, people, especially women, are bombarded with images and messages that reinforce the idea that to be happy and successful, they must be thin.The aesthetic ideal for women is a not realistic thinness, that involves maintaining a weight impossible or very difficult to maintain and also physically unhealthy.Being overweight or obese is to be despicable, the inability to delay self gratification, laziness, weakness and poor impulse control.

In Mexico, the Clinic for Alimentary Behavior Disorders, is unique. It has prevention, treatment, teaching and research programs offered by a multi and interdisciplinary team of specialists who work to provide each patient, diagnosis and comprehensive treatment surrounded by an warm and comfortable environment.

Visit us. We are located in the annex building to the Hospitalization Tower, first floor at our Médica Sur Tlalpan facilities, in México City, or contact us at: contactanos@medicasur.org.mx.

Diagnosis and treatment

The eating disorders are diseases where food is related to pathological usually chronic, serious consequences, the source difficult to determine and affect interpersonal relationships of those suffering. That is why at Médica Sur, concerned about the health of our patients and their families, we provide a special service and integrated through custom packages. Know them.
Our comprehensive service offers our patients: Psychotherapy: individual, couple, family and group therapy to patients and family; psychiatry, nutrition, internal medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology; pediatrics and endocrinology; support from the Physiotherapy and Rehab Unit; Lab and clinic Studies, Research and Prevention Program.

Our initial assessment includes:

    • Evaluation by an internist or pediatrician, nutritionist, psychotherapist, individual, family dynamics and / or partner, a psychiatrist and therapist.
    • The laboratory assessment package includes:
    • Blood count, blood chemistry, lipid profile, liver profile, urinalysis, fecal occult blood.
    • Thyroid function tests
    • Scrutiny of the wrist to assess osteoporosis
    • Electrocardiogram.

Each treatment has a range of possibilities, depending on the severity and psychiatric and medical complications of eating disorder.

It may require hospital admission when the patient's life is at risk of physical complications, psychiatric or family structure.

The treatment can be external and intensive as necessary. The patient is at home with family, attending school and / or work, as well as regular appointments at the clinic, and we have called "semi-home placement." Group meetings are also scheduled for patients and families.

At the end of the third month of treatment, integrating a therapeutic progress report, it is given and discussed to assess the recommendations of suggested treatment plan.