Eating Disorders affect a large number of people all over the world. Eating disorders are not just about the individual's food intake, number on the scale, or the way they look; it's about control and vision of their self-worth. An individual suffering from an eating disorder can appear as underweight, overweight, or can even fall in the healthy weight range.
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Signs & Symptoms
Changes in/loss of periods
Swelling around the cheeks or jaw
Dental discoloration from vomiting
Obsession with food, body shape, weight
Complaining of being, feeling, or looking overweight when at a healthy weight or even underweight
Extreme dieting behavior
Fasting, counting calories, avoidance of food
Avoidance of eating in social settings
Anorexia Nervosa Resources
Typically, the person struggling is underweight and very focused on using weight-loss strategies, based on the fear of gaining weight. These strategies can include dieting, diet pills, vomiting, laxatives, and excessive exercising.
Bulimia Nervosa Resources
A person suffering from bulimia nervosa will have episodes of eating a large amount of food - followed by unusual behavior to make up for it such as purging, fasting, or exercising.
A person who suffers from binge-eating will likely have episodes of eating a large amount of food in a short period of time, past the point of a full stomach. The person does not usually use weight-loss strategies to make up for the consumed food. Those suffering most likely feel they are disgusting, ashamed, and anxious.