Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Stay connected with us

Home > Mental Health

Red Flags To Take Note Of When Assessing An Eating Disorder [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 16, 2017 12:24 AM EDT
Close
Bangladesh won't seek US help over Rohingya crisis given Trump's stance on refugees
Immigrants Surge Across Border Ahead Of Trump Inauguration
MCALLEN, TX - JANUARY 06: Immigrants eat traditional 'rosca' bread at a Three Kings Day meal at the Catholic Charities Respite Center on January 6, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. The center helps thousands of immigrants, many having crossed illegally from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum. Most families are from Central America and are first detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, who process them and release them for their onward journey to cities around the United States. They are required to appear in immigration court at a later date for their asylum cases to be heard. (Photo : Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

In February, the global campaign for Eating Disorder Awareness Month was conducted in order to give people more realization on certain eating disorders. It has been affecting thousands of Americans since the 90's and experts said there are some warning signs that need immediate attention.

There are several types of eating disorders. Some may be evident, but there are also some that are highly discreet and unnoticeable. Though anorexia is one of the most obvious, bulimia and bingeing are too discreet that they are rarely noticed.

It is important to look out for the red flags of eating disorder to help a loved one, who is silently suffering from it. People with eating disorders tend to be sensitive; thus they are more likely to withdraw from people they are already comfortable with.

The individual would usually tend to stay away from gatherings, especially those that involve food. People suffering from eating disorders would usually force themselves to eat normally in front of their peers but would then look for an opportunity to be alone to purge.

Aside from isolation, people with eating disorders get angry and irritated easily. They are usually defensive, especially when asked about their condition. They would also feel annoyed when their weight gain/loss will be noticed and talked about. They would make it a point to come up with excuses on how their body condition changes.

People with eating disorders are also at risk of developing depression and anxiety. Psychology Today pointed out that people who restrict calories, binge and purge are prone to experience anxiety. They would then withdraw from people close to them as they would usually opt to go unnoticed.

The National Mental Health Institute pointed out that there are several ways to treat eating disorders. Therapies and medications are often advised when it comes to treating an eating disorder. It is also advised that one should be cautious enough when dealing with someone suffering from an eating disorder as they tend to be sensitive.

Get the Most Popular Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
© 2017 Counsel & Heal All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join the Conversation