Eating disorders are something that can happen to anyone. Turns out this type of problem doesn’t discriminate, and an individual may not even be aware of the fact that they could have a problem. Some of us tend to define an eating disorder as a person not eating or being terribly thin. But that isn’t always the case, sometimes a person can have an average weight, or even be obese and have an eating disorder. Turns out that Anorexia and Bulimia are only two types of eating disorders that are out there. So, how do you determine that a person has an eating disorder? After all, before even being able to explore any type of treatment options for eating disorders with someone close to you, the first thing is to know there is a problem and to get them to admit. So, here are some warning signs to look out for, and keep in mind, not everyone will have all of these, because no two individuals are alike.
Preoccupied with Body Image
This is a huge sign if a person starts becoming preoccupied with the way they look and consider themselves fat. If you notice that they are making excuses to skip a meal or seem uncomfortable eating around others, these are signs of an eating disorder. If you seem to notice the opposite someone hiding food especially junk food when they appear to not be eating a balanced diet. If a person seems to be becoming withdrawn and seems to spend way too much time talking about their weight in general.
Physical Signs and Health Risk
Unfortunately, any eating disorder will have serious ramifications to a person’s overall health and these will start to become noticeable. Somethings to look out for are, a person feeling light-headed and fainting. Their skin becoming dry and discolored along with their hair becoming brittle. Low immune system and muscle weakness. This is just the apparent risk to a person’s physical health over time serious things could happen such as digestive issues, kidney issues, and heart issues.
Once you have determined that someone close to you has an eating disorder or maybe are coming to the realization that you yourself could have one, the next step is to see a doctor to have it diagnosed. From there the doctor will go about deciding the best course of treatment. That would include seeing a therapist either in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Maybe joining a support group for those with eating disorders. Seeing a nutritionist help understand how to properly eat again. See all recommended doctors and a specialist ensure that not only the eating disorder is being managed but any health issues that derive from it are being treated as well. Through it, all the person will need support not just by the medical side but from those closest to them. The best thing to remember, is that the treatment will take time, the eating disorder didn’t develop overnight and getting over it will take just as long.