Is it an eating disorder?
The warning signs of eating disorders are sometimes hard to detect, especially since behaviors are often intentionally kept hidden. 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 and genders.
Know the signs and symptoms of eating disorders
An eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, is a mental illness that affects an individual’s eating habits and can cause 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, potentially deadly conditions that can affect any age, 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 1-888-364-5977 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, or 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, diabetes, chest pain, heart disease, heartburn, shortness of breath, organ failure, and other serious symptoms