Regardless of type, an eating disorder generates a variety of challenges when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Recognizing the problem is often the most difficult but most important first step.
An eating disorder can affect any gender, race or age. In fact, men account for 25 percent of disordered eating cases.
Another misconception is that only people with low weight can be diagnosed with an eating disorder. The truth is that people who are overweight or obese can also develop an eating disorder and its associated consequences on health and lifestyle.
The following are the most common physical signs of an eating disorder:
The emotional signs of an eating disorder include the following:
If you recognize some warning signs on yourself or a loved one, consider the following recommendations:
Early intervention is associated with the best results. Once disordered eating becomes entrenched in a person's daily life, it is much harder to address. In fact, the patient can deny that it is causing problems. Patients with bulimia or anorexia often refuse to recognize that they need help.
Most people with anorexia fear that receiving treatment means they have to start eating normally, which will result in weight gain and a variety of horrible perceived consequences.
Messy food is a frightening and disturbing topic for most people; that's why it's important not to think that it's just something that will happen; That strategy does not work and can delay an effective treatment.
Do what you can to encourage someone with a possible eating disorder to seek professional help. You can track appointments, as well as milestones related to treatment and recovery.
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