Eating Disorder Signs
Eating Disorder Signs
Eating disorders are a group of conditions that are defined by eating in unhealthy habits such as purposely not eating enough or binge eating and forcing yourself to throw up the food. Most people that have eating disorders do so out of an obsession with weight and appearance, and many of them get the eating disorders from mental or psychological conditions. The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders.
One of the more common eating disorders is called anorexia nervosa. This eating disorder involves someone wanting to lose weight by not eating. Someone with anorexia is obsessed with food and body image and therefore is involved of bouts of starving themselves. It is also a potentially fatal condition. The common symptoms of anorexia nervosa are refusing to eat or denying they’re hungry, having a fear of gaining weight, a distorted or negative self-image, being involved in excessive exercise, irritability, lack of emotion, flat moods, fear of eating in public or even in front of other people, having a preoccupation with food, social withdrawal, very thin appearance, insomnia, hair that appears soft and downy all over the body, irregular menstrual cycles, constipation, abdominal pain, dry skin, being cold frequently, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and dehydration.
Bulimia consists of someone that goes through episodes of binge eating, where they eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, and purging it from their body either with excessive exercise, throwing up, or laxatives. This is done for the same reasons as anorexia; to lose weight. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with bulimia are inducing vomiting, using laxatives, eating to the point of abdominal pain and usually with very fattening or sweet foods, excessive exercise, an unhealthy image of body shape and weight, focusing solely on the physical appearance, severely distorted body image, low self-esteem, going to the bathroom right after eating a meal, abnormal bowels, feeling like they can’t control their eating, poor dental health and damaged teeth or gums, swollen salivary glands in the cheeks, sores in the mouth and throat, dehydration, irregular heartbeat, sores or calluses on the hands and knuckles, irregular menstrual cycles, drug or alcohol abuse, and constantly being on a diet or fasting.
Binge-eating disorders are similar to bulimia where the person wants to eat large amounts of food, called binging, but they don’t try to purge it from their body. Common signs and symptoms of someone with a binge-eating disorder include eating to the point of pain or discomfort, eating more food during a binge period than they normally would for a regular meal, eating fast during a binge episode, feeling like they can’t control their food, wanting to eat alone only, and feeling depressed, upset, sad, or disgusted over how much you ate but continuing to have these episodes in the future.