Information about Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa – An unhealthy fixation on thinness, distorted body image and fears of gaining weight, and results in disturbed eating behaviors and emaciation.

Bulimia Nervosa – Binge eating disorder, involving recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food, followed by binging, purging, fasting or over-exercising.

Binge Eating Disorder – Characterized by constant cravings that occur any time of day and result in binge eating. Often associated with poor body image and low self-esteem.

Skipping meals or making excuses for not eating
Adopting an overly restrictive vegetarian diet
Excessive focus on healthy eating
Making own meals rather than eating what the family eats
Withdrawing from normal social activities
Persistent worry or complaining about being fat and talk of losing weight
Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
Repeatedly eating large amounts of sweets or high-fat foods
Use of dietary supplements, laxatives or herbal products for weight loss
Excessive exercise
Calluses on the knuckles from inducing vomiting
Loss of tooth enamel may be a sign of repeated vomiting
Leaving during meals to use the toilet
Eating much more food in a meal or snack than is considered normal
Expressing depression, disgust, shame or guilt about eating habits
Eating in secret

Stick to your treatment plan
Talk to your doctor about appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements to make sure you’re getting all the essential nutrients
Don’t isolate yourself
Talk to your health care providers about what kind of exercise, if any, is appropriate for you
Read self-help books that offer sound, practical advice
Resist urges to weigh yourself