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Eating disorders are serious psychological problems characterized by an unusual attitude towards food, weight, or shape. People with untreated eating disorders often have an overly concern about their shape or weight, leading them to either insufficient food intake or severely overeating.

Overtime, they become so preoccupied with their concerns that the urge to consume less or more foods spiraled out of control. When this situation is combined with substance abuse, hope is available through faith based drug rehabilitation.

Emotional and Physical Complications from Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can create significant emotional and physical complications. A recent study published (February 1, 2007) in the journal Biological Psychiatry reported that they are frequently associated with role impairment and are often under-treated.

Eating disorders are also linked to increased mortality. The mortality rate associated with them is the highest of any mental illness.

Common eating disorders include:

  • Anorexia nervosa — involves starving, less eating, or excessive exercise, because the affected person is convinced he/she overweight.
  • Bulimia nervosa — involves overeating, and then purging of the food through vomiting, laxatives, or diuretics.
  • Binge-eating — involves consuming an unusually large amount of food than an individual would normally eat.

Signs and Symptoms of an eating disorder

Symptoms of eating disorders can vary depending on the type of the disorder.

  1. Anorexia nervosa may display the following signs and symptoms:
  • Inadequate or insufficient food intake
  • Extreme thinness and refusal to eat
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Persistent pursuit of thinness and denial of hunger
  • Negative or distorted self-image, a self-esteem heavily related to body weight and shape
  • Preoccupation with weight, shape, dieting, food, calorie intakes, and fat grams
  • Unwillingness to understand the severity of the condition or denial of the consequence of low body weight
  • Menstrual irregularities among girls and women
  • Excessive exercise
  • Severe constipation
  1. Bulimia nervosa may display the following signs and symptoms:
  • Recurrent and frequent periods of eating abnormally large amounts of food
  • Inability to stop overeating during the periods
  • Negative or distorted self-image
  • An unhealthy focus on body weight and shape
  • Intense fear of being overweight
  • Excessive exercise
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Excessive use of laxatives or diuretics
  • Abnormal bowel functioning
  • Damaged teeth and gums as a result of exposure to stomach acid
  • Acid reflux disorder and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Dehydration because of purging of fluids
  • Menstrual irregularities among girls and women
  1. Binge-eating disorder may show the following signs and symptoms:
  • Recurrent and frequent periods of eating unusually more amount of foods but not followed by ridding, fasting, or excessive exercise
  • Eating until feeling discomfort or pain
  • Inability to stop overeating during the periods
  • Feelings of strong shame, disgust, or guilt over the amount eaten
  • Frequently eating alone because of feeling ashamed about the eating behavior

Eating disorders Self-assessment

Are you suspecting that you may have an eating disorder, or even as a co-occurring disorder with substance abuse? Simply ask yourself the following questions. If you identify yourself with two or more of the following symptoms, consider seeking professional help and support.

  • Are you afraid of gaining weight or worried about your eating habits?
  • Do you eat inadequate or insufficient amount of food?
  • Are you preoccupied with weight, shape, dieting, and food?
  • Do you have overwhelming urges to eat until feeling discomfort?
  • Do you have eating habits that are different from others?
  • Do you often have episodes of binge eating?
  • Do you induce vomiting to expel the consumed food?
  • Do you use laxatives or diuretics to get rid of food eaten?
  • Do you prefer to eat alone?
  • Do you exercise excessively to get rid of fats from food?

Please note that the above questions are prepared for informational purposes only and are not designed to serve as a screening tool for eating disorders. Diagnosis of eating disorders requires a thorough screening and assessment. Please contact a qualified, trained professional to receive an official diagnosis. 

How to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder?

If your friend, relative, or loved one has an eating problem, there are a number of things you can do to help them. You can help them by learning about the type of eating disorder, keeping an eye on the symptoms, offering hope and inspiration, and being a reliable supporter in the treatment. Suggesting a Christian eating disorder treatment program may help them have the courage to do something about it.

However, don’t not to give advice and try not to act or behave differently. Include them in things like before and give your time, so that they can feel valued as a person.

Always default to trained professionals like Devotions Recovery Center for accurate and safe assistance.