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Symptoms Of Eating Disorders

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An eating disorder is an illness mostly affecting women, often leading to long term mental health problems. Research has shown that up to eight million people in America currently suffer from an eating disorder.

An eating disorder is an illness mostly affecting women, often leading to long term mental health problems. Research has shown that up to eight million people in America currently suffer from an eating disorder.

Furthermore, roughly eighty five percent of those suffering from an eating disorder are females of twelve to twenty five years old. With the amount of people affected so high, knowing the symptoms of eating disorders and being able to seek professional help when you suspect anyone of suffering from this disorder is important.

This illness will frequently occur along side other mental problems, thus making it sometimes hard to detect the symptoms of an eating disorder. Symptoms are sometimes joint with drug abuse, anxiety and depression. Signs can be hard to spot, a lot of the time an eating disorder won’t actually affect the appearance of the person suffering with it.

People with this disorder will likely be keeping their eating habits a secret from those around them, making spotting it even harder and meaning it could be a long time before their illness is even diagnosed.

As opposed to anorexia nervosa, where the weight loss can be clearly noticeable, those suffering with bulimia usually keep a normal body weight making it hard for friends and family to know anything is wrong.

Some signs of eating disorders normally include:

  • A large amount of weight loss in a short timeframe
  • Wearing clothes which don’t fit and hide the body within many layers
  • Constant talking about weight, often about themselves being over weight
  • An obsession with the amount of calories and fat within meals
  • Going to the bathroom after each meal and frequently throughout the day
  • Isolating themselves from friends and family
  • Unusual eating habits
  • Hiding food
  • A bad self image
  • Frequent headaches or dizzy spells
  • And any physical symptoms which make you think the person isn’t getting enough nutrition. Usually an eating disorder will bring on depression, moodiness and malnutrition.

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