Many of us will have heard of eating disorders if we have not had the unfortunate luck of experiencing one. Not only are eating disorders extremely common, they can be significantly difficult to detect. Not only is it difficult to spot signs of an eating disorder in others, it is extremely hard to identify within ourselves.
This article will shed some light on some of the signs to look out for when it comes to eating disorders in either yourself or loved ones, so they can get the help they need.
Why Are Eating Disorders Hard to Spot?
Like many things, our experiences affect us all differently and the way in which we deal with our experiences differs too. Those with eating disorders quite often want to hide the fact they are struggling with one, which means they will go out of their way to not draw attention to their eating habits or any abnormal eating behaviors around food. Therefore, the eating disorder can be much more difficult to spot aside from rapid weight changes. Not only that, but eating is something we all need to participate in, which means unlike other disorders, those who have a volatile relationship with food are able to hide in plain sight if they wish to.
Expression of Weight Concern
It is important to remember that eating disorders can present a whole host of symptoms, but one that will be easier to spot is the verbalization of discomfort about their bodies or an obsession with a certain type of eating way of life, such as ‘clean eating’. For those who often negatively comment about their weight, it could act as a direct indicator of other symptoms which might point to a disordered eating problem.
Irrational Control Over Food
We all have preferences when it comes to what food we like, how we like it cooked, and if we really want to give in to a craving in the middle of the night, but for those with eating disorders, this behavior can be taken to new and concerning levels. It can be common for those with eating disorders to become irrationally upset if they are not in control of a food situation, such as choosing a place to eat out, and they may dissect a menu in advance before leaving. They also might exhibit certain rituals, such as cutting up food into small pieces or only eating at specific times during the day.
For those who are concerned about themselves or a loved one who may be experiencing an eating disorder based on these behaviors, talk to them, and find professional help. There is more than one eating disorder treatment in Las Vegas and many people find treatment helpful, so do not be afraid to reach out.
Mood Can Correlate with Eating Disorders
It is probably hardly a surprise that your mood can be greatly affected by eating disorders, purely because of the strain they put on the mind and the body. Those with eating disorders may appear more irritable, fatigued, and or anxious as they navigate how they feel and how to control it every day. That being said, these symptoms are also present in teenagers and those with mental health issues in general and often they can overlap.
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