Is It An Eating Disorder?
The warning signs of eating disorders are sometimes hard to detect, especially if the individual denies or purposely hides his or her struggle with food. Watch for dramatic calorie reduction, purging behaviors, uncontrollable overeating, and/or unrelenting distress about body weight and shape. The Emily Program treats all types of eating disorders in people of all ages. Take our self-assessment quiz to see if it’s time to contact us for real help, or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) today.
Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Eating Disorders
An eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, is classified as a mental illness that affects an individual’s eating habits and causes severe distress about body weight and shape. A person’s disturbed eating patterns may include inadequate nutrition or periods of excessive food intake. Eating disorders are serious, even deadly conditions that can affect any age group, gender, or race. If you or someone you love is struggling with food, schedule an eating disorder assessment with The Emily Program today or call us at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) for real help. And real hope.
Eating disorder signs and symptoms
Eating disorders affect a person physically, behaviorally, emotionally, and psychologically. Prominent indications include:
- Dramatic weight gain or loss
- Frequently talking about food, weight, and shape
- Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
- Excessive or compulsive exercise patterns
- Purging, restricting, binge eating, or compulsive eating
- Abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
- Denial of food and eating problems, despite the concerns of others
- Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting meals, feeling out of control with food
- Medical complications, such as menstrual irregularity, dizziness, fainting, bruising, dry skin, leg cramps, hair loss, brittle hair, osteoporosis, diarrhea, constipation, dental problems, morbid obesity, diabetes, chest pain, heart disease, heartburn, shortness of breath, organ failure, and other serious symptoms
Boys and men struggle with food, too
Research shows that between 10 and 25 percent of the individuals suffering from an eating disorder are male. However, men tend to talk about their bodies differently than women. For example, men may say they want to lose weight to decrease body fat, while women may talk about losing weight to be thin. Men want to be lean and muscled; women want smaller waistlines. Men want to increase muscle mass; women want to diet. Restricted nutritional intake and over-exercising are common symptoms among males struggling with eating disorders.
If you or your loved one is struggling with food, start the assessment process or contact us now at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) to receive more information. Let’s start the journey to recovery together.
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Eating Disorder Facts
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