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Eating Disorders

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.

Common Types

  • Anorexia Nervosa​​

  • Bulimia Nervosa​​

  • Binge-Eating Disorder​​

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Signs & Symptoms

Physical:

  • Weight loss

  • Sensitivity to cold

  • Changes in/loss of periods

  • Swelling around the cheeks or jaw

  • Dental discoloration from vomiting

  • Fainting

Psychological:

  • Obsession with food, body shape, weight

  • Body hatred

  • Complaining of being, feeling, or looking overweight when at a healthy weight or even underweight

Behavioral:

  • Extreme dieting behavior

    • Fasting, counting calories, avoidance of food​

  • Evidence of binge-eating

  • Evidence of vomiting

  • Obsessive exercise

  • ​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. 

Parent Toolkit: Eating Disorders

Family Support Guidelines

Anorexia Nervosa Information

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.

Parenting with Bulimia

Caring for a Child with Bulimia

Bulimia Nervosa Basics

Binge-Eating Resources

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.

Binge Eating Disorder (for Parents)

A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Binge-Eating

How to Care for Someone with Binge-Eating Disorder