Eating Disorders: Signs and Symptoms

eating disorder

By: Charlotte Nickelberry

Eating disorders can include anorexia (restricting eating), bulimia (eating and purging), and binge eating (have periods of overeating). These are serious emotional and physical problems which can have life-threatening consequences for both females and males. Often times, the severity of the problem is not known and symptoms are rationalized and minimized by the person suffering. It is important to recognize signs of an eating disorder that will help you assess the severity of the problem in yourself or a loved one.

  1. Secrecy and Isolation
  2. Anger and Defensiveness
  3. Confusion between Real and Not Real Perceptions
  4. Increase in Anxiety, Irritability, or Depression
  5. Hiding Weight Loss
  6. Overspend on and Hide Food

If you suspect a loved one has unhealthy eating habits or restrictive eating, he or she might have an eating disorder. Express your concern lovingly and without anger, identify the behaviors that worry you, and encourage them to get the support they need and deserve.

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