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Eating Disorders Symptoms

  • Because of today’s pressures to obtain the “perfect” body, eating disorders can affect any age group or gender. The three most recognized types of eating disorders are:

    • Anorexia nervosa. A distorted body image that causes many patients to see themselves as overweight, resulting in taking extreme measures to be thin
    • Bulimia nervosa. Patients may be normal weight but experience binging and purging episodes of eating large amounts of food and using extreme methods to negate the calories
    • Binge eating disorder resembles bulimia nervosa with patients consuming large amounts of food to relieve anxiety; however, they do not purge.

    Eating Disorder Symptoms

    There are several warning signs to watch for if you believe your loved one has an eating disorder.

    Anorexia nervosa symptoms include:

    • Rapid weight loss (more than seven pounds per week)
    • Practice of unusual “food rituals,” such as cutting food into tiny pieces
    • Fine, downy hair on arms and legs
    • Denial of hunger
    • Excessively exercising
    • Cessation of menstruation in women
    • Low testosterone in men
    • Intolerance of cold
    • Thinning hair and brittle nails
    • Anemia
    • Bone loss
    • Irritability

    Bulimia symptoms include:

    • Bingeing on large amounts of food over a short span of time
    • Vomiting
    • Excessively exercising
    • Abuse of over-the-counter laxatives and diuretics
    • Rotten teeth and swollen gums
    • Scarred hands
    • Swollen parotid glands
    • Suffering from depression

    Binge eating symptoms include:

    • Overweight or obese body type
    • Feelings of guilt
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Heart disease
    • Increased occurrence of certain types of cancer 

    Belmont’s staff can help diagnose symptoms and determine if you require hospitalization or day treatment care.

    Learn more about the nutrition and mental health mandates utilized by Belmont’s Eating Disorders Unit

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