3 Signs Of Eating Disorders

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Thousands of people every year get diagnosed with an eating disorder, an insidious condition that can destroy lives and leave them feeling out of control. Those who suffer from an eating disorder can experience an incredible struggle and be unaware of the fact that they are suffering from them. This is what makes an attentive and aware support group so important, as lives are lost every year to these destructive conditions. If you think you or someone you love may suffer from an eating disorder, this checklist will help you to be sure. Be aware that this list is in no way comprehensive, nor will everyone who has an eating disorder experience every condition on this list.

How To Identify An Eating Disorder
While every patient who suffers from an eating disorder may experience it differently, there are a host of symptoms that can help identify that it’s happening. There are two common kinds of symptoms, emotional/behavioral and physical, and a host of ways that these symptoms can manifest. If you or someone you know is exhibiting these behaviors it may be time to seek help before it’s too late.

Emotional And Behavioral
• Heavily concerned with issues surrounding physical appearance and weight loss, especially as pertains to control of food and dieting.
• Excessive concern with elements of their food, especially calories, fat grams, carbohydrates, etc.
• A growing list of foods they refuse to eat, especially when related to whole categories of food.
• Dislikes eating in front of others.
• Rituals surrounding food such as only eating condiments, refusing to allow foods to touch, chewing excessively, etc.
• Regularly skipping meals and eating small portions at meals.
• Obsession with fad diets.
• Withdrawing from favored activities and friends.
• Mood swings that are frequent and extreme

Physical

• Constantly fluctuating weight
• Frequent complaints of gastrointestinal issues like stomach cramps
• Irregular menstruation
• Problems sleeping
• Difficulty regulating temperature, frequently cold
• Fainting
• Weak Muscles
• Yellowing Skin
• Wounds not healing properly
• Brittle, dry hair, skin, and nails
• Salivary glands swelling
• Standing induced dizziness

These are just some of the symptoms that can indicate that an individual is suffering from an eating disorder, with many of them being a direct result of malnutrition or an unhealthy obsession with food and weight-related issues. If you or someone you know is experiencing these or other symptoms it may be time to seek help from a professional. Dr. Markita Thompson and their team of dedicated professionals have been helping patients who suffer from conditions like these at the Infinity Hope Center, where lives have been changed through timely intervention.

Every year thousands of people die from eating disorders, deaths that could have been prevented through vigilance on the part of their friends and family members, and dedicated work by professionals like those found at this center. If you think a friend, coworker, or family member is suffering from a condition like this call today to get guidance on how to approach them or stage an intervention.