Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are a way of coping with feelings that are making you unhappy or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. An eating disorder is a sign that you need help in coping with life, and sorting personal problems.

 

Conditions as complex as eating disorders mean that there are variations in the typical signs, and not all symptoms will apply to all people. You may feel that you have a mixture of anorexia and bulimia, or alternate between them. Some people also find they are affected by an urge to harm themselves or abuse alcohol or drugs. Even if you don’t have these symptoms if you are worried and upset by something, anything, it is important you find someone to talk to. Don’t bottle it all up.

 

Eating Disorders do not include food allergies, selective eating issues or disorders of the digestive system. However, a G.P should be the first point of call for these issues as well as for eating disorders.

 

Symptoms of Anorexia

Symptoms of Bulimia

Physical

Behavioural

Psychological

  • Severe weight loss
  • Periods stopping (Amenorrhoea)
  • Hormonal changes in men and boys
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pains
  • Constipation
  • Poor circulation & feeling cold
  • Wanting to be left alone
  • Wearing big baggy clothes
  • Excessive exercising
  • Lying about eating meals
  • Denying there is a problem
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Wanting to have control
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Depressed
  • Feeling emotional
  • Obsession with dieting
  • Mood swings
  • Distorted perception of body weight and size
  • Thinking about food all the time
  • Feeling guilty after eating

Physical

Behavioural

Psychological

  • Sore throat / swollen glands
  • Stomach pains
  • Mouth infections
  • Irregular periods
  • Dry or poor skin
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensitive or damaged teeth
  • Eating large quantities of food
  • Being sick after eating
  • Being secretive
  • Abusing laxatives
  • Feeling ashamed, depressed and guilty
  • Feeling out of control
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling guilty after eating

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Physical Signs

Behavioural Signs

Psychological Signs

  • Severe weight loss
  • Eating large quantities of food,  eating inappropriate food and being secretive
  • Feeling depressed and out of control, mood swings, emotional behaviour and feeling guilty after eating.

I have some of these symptoms – what next? If you have some of these symptoms it is important that you think about talking to somebody and getting some help. Please contact us for support.

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