In a culture obsessed with thinness and dieting, it can be difficult to recognize when a person’s thinking or behavior has become dangerous. With the number of people who have an eating disorder on the rise, you, a family member or someone you know may show some of the following signs and symptoms of eating disorders. About 90% of people with eating disorder cases are women, according to the American Psychiatric Association, but it is important to remember that these diseases affect men as well.
A person with anorexia may …
- Be thin and continue to lose weight.
- Diet even though they are not overweight.
- Have a distorted body image — they may feel fat even though they are not overweight.
- Have thinning hair.
- Talk excessively about food, cooking or dieting.
A person with bulimia may …
- Engage in binge eating.
- Visit the restroom frequently after meals.
- React to stress by overeating.
- Experience frequent fluctuations in weight.
- Have depressive moods.
A person with a binge eating disorder may …
- Eat large quantities of food when they are not physically hungry.
- Eat rapidly.
- Eats to the point of feeling uncomfortably full.
- Often eat alone because of shame or embarrassment about the amount of food they are consuming.
- Have a history of dramatic weight fluctuations.
For more information about food, weight or body-image issues, please call the Portage Health Community Health Department at (906) 483-1149.
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