About The Bella Vita

For many patients it’s hard to know where to turn when seeking help for an eating disorder. They want to find someone who understands them, someone who has advanced training and experience…someone they can trust. Thousands of people have successfully found that understanding and help from Dr. Patricia Pitts and The Bella Vita, A Beautiful Life Psychology Group, Inc.

Diabulimia: Insulin Manipulation Consequences as an Effort to Lose Weight

You may have heard about a way to lose weight called Diabulimia. Diabulimia, or insulin manipulation is a very unhealthy way of eating and

Damage to the Heart: How Eating Disorders Affect the Cardiovascular System

Eating disorders are quite complex and from the outside may look like just a weight problem. However, they are much more.  Most people don’t

Bone Growth, Bone Density and Eating Disorders

Have you thought about your bones much, or the correlation between bone density and eating disorders? Often, women hear about the importance of getting

Neurological Complications of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders impact the way every system within your body works, including neurological complications. When your body doesn’t digest food in the right manner,

Impact of Eating Disorders on Hormones

The impact of eating disorders on hormones is clear. Eating disorders impact a wide range of physical systems within the body including the hormones.

Refeeding Syndrome: The Complexity of Reintroducing Food

Refeeding Syndrome may be a severe medical complication of having an eating disorder.  The challenge to both patients, and often medical professionals, is that

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Eating Disorders and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, is one of the most common fertility concerns in women today. Doctors have found that there may

When Is Too Healthy a Problem? Orthorexia vs Health Eating

Orthorexia is a subset of an eating disorder even if it may not seem to be “a problem.” Some people struggle with the fine

Expecting: Pregnancy and Anorexia

Pregnancy and Anorexia at the same time can be a difficult combination. During pregnancy, a woman’s body must provide for all of the nutritional

The Eating Disorders and Cystic Fibrosis Link


For many people with cystic fibrosis, eating disorders are also a chronic condition. Research has demonstrated a link between these two disorders and, although

Constipation: The Long-Term Gastrointestinal Effects of Eating Disorders

You may not think much about your gastrointestinal (GI) system, until you can’t go. Constipation isn’t just a pain in your gut. It is

Medical Complications: The Not-So-Visible Consequences of Eating Disorders

Often times, we talk about eating disorders with a focus on the mental health component of the disease. For example, nearly half of those

Bullying, Trauma, and Eating Disorders

Bullying and trauma can cause eating disorders in many children, teens, men, and women. An eating disorder can be very dangerous to a person’s

Medication for Binge Eating Disorder (Vyvanse)

Vyvanse is a medication for binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is a condition in which individuals consume a large amount of food in

Body Image Issues Leading to Eating Disorders

The way a person views him or herself can play a role in the way they live their life. Body image issues can often

Extremities of Juicing

Extremities of juicing, or extreme amounts of juicing, can be harmful to a person’s health. Juicing is a trend in which individuals extract the

Complications of Dieting

There are complications of dieting. Many people diet. Some people diet all of the time. In some situations, chronic dieting on very restrictive regimens

Importance of After Care for Eating Disorders

There is a significant importance in after care for eating disorder patients. After care refers to the care a patient receives after he or

Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorders

Disordered eating and eating disorders are two difficult health conditions. Common eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia. These are easily defined conditions by medical

Types and Effects of Purging

There are various types of eating disorders. There are also various types of purging and effects from purging that individuals need to understand if