There are many signs to watch for that indicate you or someone you know has an eating disorder. Not everyone will exhibit these signs, and not all of these signs mean that an eating disorder is present. That’s why it’s important to discuss these symptoms with a medical professional. Here are some signs an eating disorder may be present (courtesy of www.something-fishy.org):
Eating Disorder Signs: Behaviors
* Do you do one or more of the following harmful behaviors?
o Restrict food intake by eating very little, eating nothing, or trying to eat as little as possible.
• Binge (eat large quantities of food in a short period of time).
• Purge (get rid of what you’ve eaten through self-induced vomiting or laxatives).
• Compulsively overeat (eat even if you’re not hungry).
• Compulsively exercise (exercise too much too vigorously, or to the point that it disrupts your life).
• Curb your appetite or assist in purging by taking diet pills, laxatives, diuretics or other pills or harmful substances.
• Chew/spit your food.
* Do you engage in these behaviors when you’re feeling lonely, badly about yourself or a about a situation, or when you’re feeling emotional pressures?
* Do you feel comforted, relieved or in control when you’re engaging in these behaviors?
* Do you lie about your behaviors or hide them from others?
* Do you ever feel out of control and unable to stop eating? Do you avoid eating because of this fear?
* Do you abuse alcohol, drugs or prescription medication?
* Do you practice self-hurting behaviors such as cutting yourself, burning yourself or pulling your own hair as a way to cope with things?
Eating Disorder Signs: Feelings
* Are you a perfectionist, a person who always wants to be in control and/or an overachiever?
* Do you feel like you’re not good enough, stupid and/or worthless or that people are always judging you in a negative way?
* Do you think people would like you more and/or life would be better if you were thinner?
* Do you continuously feel like you’re overweight even though others have told you you’re not?
* Do family members and/or friends express concern over your appearance, weight-loss or weight gain, and/or your eating habits?
* Do you feel numb or empty inside?
* Are you depressed, fatigued and/or suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, mood swings, range or insomnia?
Eating Disorder Signs: Physical Signs
* Are you easily fatigued or unrealistically tired relative to the amount of energy you spend?
* Do you bruise easily, have a high tolerance for pain or are extremely sensitive to noise?
* Do you always feel fold or hot, or get a tingling in your hands and feet?
* Do you suffer any of the following: heart palpitations, chest pains, fainting spells, blackouts or dizziness, chronic lower back pain, headaches, lightheadedness, numbness or tingling in arms or legs, mood swings, excitability, hyperactivity, or chronic sickness with cold or flu symptoms?
* Do you suffer any of the following: irregular menstrual cycle, decreased sex drive, inability to concentrate, blurred vision, kidney or urinary tract infections, sore throats, dental problems, stomach cramping, blood in stools or vomit, constipation or loss of bowl control, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety or depression?
Do You Have an Eating Disorder?
If you feel that you or someone you know has an eating disorder, don’t wait. An eating disorder is a serious and dangerous mental disorder that can lead to numerous health consequences and even death. Call Casa Palmera today and ask how their Eating Disorder Treatment Program can help you regain control of your life.