If your obsession with losing weight has led you to actively deprive yourself of the nourishment you need to survive, you may suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

Some degree of body-consciousness is only natural, among both men and women. After all, magazines, films and TV shows all seem to convey one image of beauty, and it is often a rail-thin one. However, if your obsession with losing weight has led you to actively deprive yourself of the nourishment you need to survive, you may suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

In the U.S. alone, more than 30 million people suffer from one of several different types of eating disorders. These included anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and EDNOS (i.e., eating disorder not otherwise specified.)

Anorexia, one of the most common disorders, is characterized by deliberate starvation. People with this condition often obsess about their weight and the types of food they eat. This fixation leads sufferers to maintain a body weight that is dangerously lower than the healthy requirement for their age and height. In contrast to people who suffer from bulimia nervosa, which entails a consistent pattern of binging and purging, those battling anorexia nervosa may not fully realize how harmful their habits have become.

Here are some quick facts about anorexia:

  • Most common in adolescents and adult females. However, evidence shows it’s on the rise among males.
  • Average age of onset is 19 years old, but boys and girls as young as 12 can exhibit signs of anorexia.
  • Anorexia is not a phase. It’s a serious, life threatening condition that can affect anyone.

To treat anorexia we strive to help patients do the following:

  • Accept their body the way it is regardless of their shape or size
  • Live in the moment without constantly judging their weight and the type of or how much food they eat
  • Integrate therapeutic experiential, nutritional and mindful experiences to improve quality of life
  • Live without comparing oneself to others
  • Improve communication between patients and their loved ones to help them along their quest to live a life without disordered eating.


At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.



If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

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