How to Know If You Have an Eating Disorder
Do you find yourself comparing your body to others? Are you concerned about what you eat so much that you just don’t? Are you eating a lot and feeling out of control? Maybe you’ve thought to yourself, “I think I have an eating disorder,” but you don’t know where to start to address it.
Before considering if you have an eating disorder, it’s important to identify the different types of disorders that are known and recognized by the medical community.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), clinical eating disorders encompass binge eating, chronic dieting, fasting or purging, and the use of laxatives to control weight.
Most people have heard of anorexia and bulimia, but there are several more eating disorders, each with its own set of symptoms.
Eating disorders are classified as mental disorders in standard medical manuals (ICD-10, DSM-5) and include the following:
- Constant dieting, food avoidance
- Excessive food consumption
- Purging via vomiting or laxative abuse
- Strong focus on body shape, size, and weight
- Repetitive, obsessive visual body checking
- Obsessive rituals around food preparation and/or consumption
- Intense fear related to body image
- Increased sensitivity to criticism or comments about body or eating habits
- Depression, moodiness, low self-esteem, anxiety
- Distorted body image
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