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Signs of an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders can come in many forms. If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to be sensitive when approaching the individual with your concerns.
Signs that an eating disorder may be an issue:
- Frequent body image complaint.
- Talks about dieting, and avoids nutritious foods calling them fattening.
- Seems to be obsessed with maintaining a low body weight.
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Abdominal pain, feeling full or bloated.
- Dry hair or skin, dehydration, blue hands or feet.
- Exercises for long periods of time, and obsessively (can’t miss a day).
- Wears very baggy clothes to hide body.
These factors are not intended to diagnose an eating disorder, but are flags that can indicate that something is not right. This issue is very difficult to handle, and many times a person with an eating disorder can not identify that there is a problem or becomes very defensive when confronted. An eating disorder is a serious condition that can cause organ failure and death. Seek help from a trustworthy adult when handling your concerns.
•Ask your primary care physician for a referral.
•Talk with your school counselor about finding help.
•Ask family or friends to recommend someone based on their experiences.
•Check with your Health Insurance Company, church, or community center.