Eating Disorders Awareness Week

On average 149 weeks pass before someone who is experiencing eating disorder symptoms seeks help. That’s 1,043 days!

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Any one from any age, gender, or background can develop an eating disorder.

Let’s look at two of the most well known eating disorders.

Anorexia: when a person limits their intake of nutrients and has a very low body weight. Signs of this disorder include

  • Worry about gaining weight
  • Not seeing their body the way you do
  • Being secretive about eating
  • Doing lots of extra exercises
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide body shape
  • Feeling cold
  • Isolating themselves from others

Bulimia: when a person may eat a lot of food, then make themselves sick, exercise obsessively or take laxatives because of what they’ve eaten. Signs of this disorder include

  • Yo-yo weight change
  • Secrecy about food
  • Exercising lots more than usual
  • Going to the bathroom after meals
  • Poor skin
  • Sores on fingers, knuckles, or hands
  • Bad breath from vomiting
  • Feeling bad about their body image

There are other eating disorders including binge eating disorder (eating a large volume of food in a short time), emotional overeating (eating in response to emotions), avoidant/restrictive food disorder (eating smaller amounts of food, avoiding certain food or food groups), pica (eating things that aren’t food), and other specified or eating disorder (doesn’t fit one of the other eating disorder categories).

Worried about a friend, family member, or child? Sit down in a private place and TALK to them! Your loved one should go to their doctor or friendly nurse practitioner (APRN or NP) to talk about treatment options.

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