Eating Disorders, Who Gets Them and What are They?

What are the Eating Disorders and Who Gets Them?

Eating Disorders as a Form of Self-Harm

Eating Disorders and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Eating Disorders and Sexual Abuse

How To Know If You Have an Eating Disorder

  1. Constantly Dieting by Eliminating Foods. Many people are forced to remove foods from their diet due to health problems. However, when one is constantly removing foods to gain control of their body it’s worth noting and watching closely.
  2. Losing and Gaining Weight Quickly. When one has an eating disorder, it is difficult for their body to retain the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy weight. To make matters worse, fluctuations in one’s weight can trigger people into further dieting because they are already dissatisfied with how they look.
  3. Struggling to Eat in Front of Others. Having an eating disorder makes it difficult to engage in eating in a healthy way. This means people with Eds have a challenging time eating in public and feeling the need to eat in secret.
  4. Ritualized Eating. The need for control over one’s body of those who live with an eating disorder forces them to form routines and rituals around meals such as always, always starting with the salad and being upset if that ritualistic behavior is not followed to the point where one cannot eat without following the ritual.
  5. Body Dysmorphia. Body dysmorphia is an obsession with perceived flaws in how you see your body size and shape. Body dysmorphia is often the leading trigger for eating disorders. One might look in the mirror and although they only weigh 100 pounds see themselves as huge and in desperate need to exercise, diet, and lose weight.

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