People who suffer from eating disorders may use food to control serious, and at times, overwhelming emotions. And because eating disorders can have life-threatening consequences, early intervention is critical. Signs of eating disorder vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include unhealthy preoccupation with food, weight or body image as follows.
- Negative thoughts about body shape or size
- Using vomiting, exercise, diet pills, diuretics or laxatives to prevent weight gain.
- Having a secret life which revolves around food and weight
- Feeling “fat” even when normal or underweight
- Dramatic changes in eating habits or significant weight loss or gain
- Judging your self-worth by how much you weigh or your body size
- Fasting, refusing to eat, or binge eating
If you or someone you love shows the following signs, we urge you to seek help to begin the process of returning to a healthy relationship with eating and your body.