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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
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