Watch for Signs of an Eating Disorder

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Bulimia Nervosa

People suffering from bulimia nervosa often eat large amounts of food (binge) then purge by vomiting or using laxatives. They also fast or exercise excessively to negate overeating. People with bulimia aren’t typically underweight like those with anorexia. They may appear to be a healthy weight but have a strong fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. These people often feel more ashamed and guilty for having overeaten and suffer from low self-esteem. These are common signs of bulimia:



Binge Eating Disorder

People with binge eating disorder frequently binge on large amounts of food, feeling out of control and suffering from guilt and shame about the episode. Unlike those with bulimia, people with binge eating disorder do not purge, fast or exercise to compensate for overeating. As this behavior becomes a vicious cycle, people with this type of eating disorder are often overweight or obese. Unlike other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is almost as common in men as it is in women. Common signs of binge eating disorder include:



Recognizing the signs of an eating disorder can help people recover faster. Whether you recognize these signs in yourself or someone you love, seek treatment and support. With the right help, people can be cured of an unhealthy relationship with food. Contact the NEDA Helpline at (800) 931-2237 for support, resources and treatment options.

Discerning whether someone you love has an eating disorder can be complicated. You may easily mistake the warning signs as their good-hearted attempts at being healthier or becoming more conscious of the foods they eat. How do you know when someone has crossed the line into disordered eating? What do healthy habits look like versus obsessive dieting?


Detecting an eating disorder early on increases the chance of recovery, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org). Prolonged eating disorders can have long-term health consequences on the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological systems of the body, among other issues. If you’re concerned about a loved one or even yourself, it’s important to become familiar with the different types of eating disorders and their warning signs.


Eating disorders are marked by an unhealthy relationship with food. They can happen at any stage in life and to anyone, though they most commonly develop in teenage girls and young adult women. While there’s no one cause of an eating disorder, they typically stem from psychological and medical issues, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trouble coping with emotions.

WATCH FOR SIGNS OF AN EATING DISORDER

MICHELLE CHALKEY

Michelle Chalkey is a Des Moines-based freelance writer specializing in health and lifestyle topics. She enjoys helping businesses communicate their messages through blogging and effective storytelling. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or check out her blog for helpful tips on the writing process and productivity.

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Symptoms and signs may differ depending on the person and the type of eating disorder. Here is a general overview of the three main types of eating disorders and their behavioral, emotional and physical signs.


Anorexia Nervosa

People suffering from anorexia nervosa often undergo extreme weight loss due to excessive dieting and exercise. People with anorexia often feel they’re never thin enough. They see themselves as overweight and often starve themselves to become thinner. The following symptoms and behaviors are common in people with anorexia: