Signs and Symptoms
Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening disorders. They vary in intensity and there is no "look" that indicates you have an eating problem.
Below are some of the common characteristics of different eating problems.
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by weight loss and self-starvation.
Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for height, past weight history
body type, age, and activity level
Intense fear of weight gain or being “fat” and concern with body shape and weigh
Feeling “fat” or overweight despite dramatic weight loss
Loss of menstrual periods in some women
Denial of seriousness of weight loss
There may be periods of binge eating and/or purging by vomiting, exercsie, diet pills, laxatives, etc
Medical symptoms that occur in time :
Bulimia Nervose is described by secretive cycles of eating followed by purging
Repeated episodes of bingeing and purging varying in frequency from less than 1 a month to multiple times per day
Binges may be a small amount of food or very large quantities of food during a short period of time
Feeling out of control during a binge and eating, often, but not always, beyond the point of comfortable fullness
Purging occurs through self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives, diet pills, exercise, diuretics or fasting requent dieting
Extreme concern with body weight and shape
Medical symptoms that develop over time include:
For more information and visuals about Bulimia visit here
EDNOS is basically a combination of anorexia without significant weight loss or low weight compared to height.
Can have any or all symptoms of anorexia as well as compensatory behaviors from bulimia
Binge Eating Disorder (also known as Compulsive Overeating) is:
Signs of Exercise Dependence
• To maintain basic level of functioning (to feel "okay"), feel you must exercise daily
• If unable to exercise a day or two, experience minor withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, shame or iritibility
• When not able to exercise for longer periods may experience loss of self-esteem, depression or lack of interest in other activities
• Exercise against medical advice
• Risk physical injury
• Denial of pain
• Life is scheduled around exercise
• Job or relationships are put after exercise
• Continuous striving with more exercise regardless of how "fit" or "healthy" one becomes
Citation: De Coverley Veal, DMW: “Exercise Dependence”, British Journal of Addiction
Volume 82, Issue 7, pages 735–740, July 1987
Do not allow anyone (professional or not) to judge the intensity of your eating problem based on "if you look like you have an eating disorder". Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Please remember, the beliefs and feelings you have about food, weight and how much or little you are flourishing in your life say so much more about how well you are. No matter how long you have been struggling, it is not too early or late to begin the process of healing your relationship with food and body image issues.