Eating disorder sufferers often exhibit abnormal behaviour when eating food. This can take on a wide range of forms from following rigid or bizarre diets, obsessively counting calories on everything, regularly binge eating on junk food or sweets or inducing vomiting after eating.
Generally eating disorders are classified in three ways: anorexia (deliberate self starvation), bulimia (purging after meals through vomiting or laxative use) and overeating (regularly gorging on food or binge eating).
It is important to remember that eating disorders are not just bad habits and poor for someone’s diet, they are a serious illness and often point to many underlying psychological issues including poor body image, lack of self-confidence and even remembrance of serious trauma.
Symptoms of Eating Disorders
Do you know someone who is worrying you by exhibiting possible signs of having an eating disorder? Try asking yourself the following questions.
- Do they appear very underweight or overweight?
- Are they secretive about their eating habits, claiming to have eaten (or not eaten) and becoming angry when questioned?
- Do they hurry away out of sight of others just after eating, perhaps into a bathroom, toilet or similar private space?
- Does food regularly disappear from the fridge or from cupboards, or are there any “stashes” of high calorie food around the house?