Eating Disorders are growing problems among teens and young adults. Recent research shows that only 1 in 10 men and women with an eating disorder receives help. Those statistics are alarming given that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate out of all mental illnesses.
It is difficult to assess for outward signs of an eating disorder because so often, the individual suffers internally. In addition, people may go through phases of dieting that may not become eating disorders. However, it is important to contact a professional to assess the risks for developing an eating disorder. We are ready assist in treatment when necessary.
Becoming aware of what to look for will help with identifying the presence of an eating disorder. Here are a list of common signs that indicate someone may be struggling with an eating disorder.
- Strict adherence to diets regardless of weight.
- Consistent references to negative body image regardless of weight
- Refusal to eat and denial of hunger.
- Frequent trips to the bathroom following meals.
- Hoarding large quantities of food and or eating in secret.
- Excessive use of laxatives or medications to suppress appetite.
- Compulsive exercise often exceeding 3 hours per day.
Early intervention leads to the best outcomes. If this is a topic you can relate to, call me today for more information.
Melanie Mahady, M.S.