Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

As far as most people are concerned, eating disorders are either anorexia or bulimia and the victims are teenage girls. Unfortunately, the reality is very different. Not only are there many other eating disorders, the victims of those disorders can be of any age and any gender. Read more about the New Dawn Chemical Dependency Programs. Mental health professionals now recognize that as many as half of the people with eating disorders are adults and those adults are as likely to be suffering from Eating Disorders Not Other Specified (EDNOS) as the more commonly known bulimia and anorexia.

Essentially, EDNOS can be used to describe any relationship with food or weight that is unhealthy, not just bulimia and anorexia. ENDOS might be used for a person who has all of the behaviors of a person with anorexia, without all of the classic symptoms, such as loss of menstrual periods. If a person engages in behavior associated with bulimia but only a few times a week, they may also be diagnosed as having EDNOS. Binge eaters and compulsive eaters also fall into the EDNOS category.

Binge eaters and compulsive eaters tend to put on weight rapidly instead of lose it. A compulsive eater might eat constantly, despite not being hungry, for example, in what is called “grazing behavior.” Binge eaters eat large meals quickly and do not stop even when full. Check out the symptoms of ednos. Binge eaters often feel overwhelming depression and shame after binging, but do not act to purge what they’ve eaten.

Rapid changes in weight, either gaining or losing, is a key indicator of an eating disorder, but sadly, many who have these disorders do not show these outward symptoms and thus, are harder to diagnose. Because of this, it is often more helpful to look for signs such as obsessive relationships with food and eating. A person with an eating disorder might develop strict eating schedules that they refuse to alter or begin counting calories. These people will also often start categorizing food in new ways, declaring certain foods “good” or “bad” regardless of their actual merits. Being very concerned about weight is another common indicator of an eating disorder.

There are many reasons that a person might develop an eating disorder. One common explanation is stress in the face of external forces. Controlling food becomes a way of imposing order on a situation they cannot otherwise control. That said, each person has their own particular triggers and causes for their eating disorders and only treatment from a qualified professional can pinpoint the exact causes.

Treatment for an eating disorder is often handled in a manner similar to treating alcohol dependency. New Dawn Recovery Center could help you in your problem. This is due, in part, to the fact that behavior modification is a key part of recovery from the disorder and relapses are common, as they are with dependency. Because of this, eating disorders are often treated in the same centers as dependency.


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