Friday, November 02, 2018

What are the warning signs of an eating disorder?

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and OSFED (other specified feeding or eating disorder) are bio-psycho-social diseases. Eating disorders produce warning signs. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder.

People with anorexia may:
•Eat tiny portions, refuse to eat, and deny they are hungry. They have an extreme fear of gaining weight.
•Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
•Wearing loose, bulky clothes to hide weight loss
•Show abnormal weight loss-a much as 15 percent or more of body weight or a large weight loss in a short time
•Act hyperactive, depressed, moody or insecure
•Have an intense fear of being fat
•Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, dieting, and/or body image
•Seeing themselves as fat, wanting to lose more weight, even when they are very thin
•Exercise excessively and compulsively
•Suffer from constipation or irregular menstrual periods •Develop fine, downy hair on their arms and face
•Complain of nausea or bloating after eating normal amounts of food
•Binge-eat, then purge, perhaps by vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics

Eating disorders tend to develop during the teenage and young adult years, and they are much more common in girls and women.
What are the warning signs of an eating disorder?
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