Signs You Have an Eating Disorder

Updated: Jul 8

Statistics show that 9% of people in the USA suffer various symptoms of eating disorders. Even worse, many people with eating disorders are unaware of it, overlooking the subtle symptoms until it affects their personal lives.

Eating disorders manifest in different ways for different people. As a result, cases are often underreported. In no particular order, here are some of the primary signs of eating disorders:


Woman Suffering from an Eating Disorder

Significant Weight Loss or Weight Gain

The most obvious sign of an eating disorder is dramatic weight loss or gain. Anorexia nervosa, in particular, is typified by bouts of deliberate starvation and calorie deprivation in a bid to lose weight.


If you’re undergoing strict dieting to the point that you’re consciously depriving yourself of calories, you might already have an eating disorder. It results in the thinness of form and extreme weight loss.


On the other hand, binge eating episodes resulting from anxiety or depression lead to significant weight gain over a short period. If you’re suffering from these symptoms, you likely have an eating disorder.


Compulsive Eating, Binge Eating, and Purging

Another sign that you may be struggling with an eating disorder is when you have compulsive or restrictive eating habits, accompanied by spells of binge eating. The result is regular purging as the body struggles to handle the demands of digesting more food and calories than it needs.


Unwillingness to Eat in the Presence of Others

Eating disorders also manifest when an individual is too embarrassed to eat in front of others.


Eating disorders are characterized by irregular eating patterns and, sometimes, improper table manners. A person with binge eating problems will shy away from public dinners and eating out, fearing social castigation as an overeater.


If you ever become overly conscious of your eating habits in public, it may signify that you have an eating disorder.


Body Dysmorphia

This is one of the most obvious signs of an eating disorder. It’s an obsession over perceived bodily imperfection.


When dealing with weight issues or lack of self-love due to discontent with physical appearance, one may inadvertently develop an eating disorder as a coping mechanism.


Woman with Body Dysmorphia

Medical Complications

Suppose you have severe medical complications like dental problems, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, chest pain, heartburn, and hair loss. In that case, it may be an underlying symptom of more serious issues like eating disorders.


When you switch up your eating patterns as drastically as when you have an eating disorder, nutrition takes a negative hit as your body struggles to cope with the revamped nutritional intake. This can cause several medical complications.


Do you have any of these signs or suspect you’re struggling with an eating disorder? Lyn Weigh Nutrition Counseling can diagnose and develop a personalized recovery plan for a full recovery. Get help now.


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