SIGNS THAT POINT TO A SE­RI­OUS PROB­LEM

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Think you have an eat­ing dis­or­der? Check th­ese def­i­ni­tions and, if you sus­pect you fit the bill, reach out to one of the or­ga­ni­za­tions listed. Only you can start the process to re­cov­ery, but there are a lot of peo­ple will­ing to sup­port you on the jour­ney. Good luck.

ANOREXIA NER­VOSA:

If you’re con­stantly think­ing you look fat, are re­strict­ing the num­ber of calo­ries you eat, have low body weight, are exercising ex­ces­sively and are ex­tremely wor­ried about gain­ing weight, you might have anorexia. You might also have con­sti­pa­tion, ab­dom­i­nal pain, low en­ergy, an ir­reg­u­lar heart rate, hor­mone prob­lems, ir­reg­u­lar or no men­stru­a­tion, cold in­tol­er­ance, os­teo­poro­sis or de­pres­sion.

BU­LIMIA NER­VOSA:

With bu­limia, you're prob­a­bly wor­ried about your weight and body shape. You may fo­cus on what you per­ceive as flaws. This dis­or­der in­volves eat­ing a very large amount of food dur­ing what’s called a binge, fol­lowed by purg­ing, such as self-in­duced vom­it­ing or a mis­use of lax­a­tives, in or­der to avoid gain­ing weight. You may have ex­ces­sive den­tal dam­age caused by stom­ach acid.

BINGE EAT­ING DIS­OR­DER:

You ex­pe­ri­ence episodes when you con­sume an ex­ces­sive amount of food in a short pe­riod of time, but you don’t purge. You may feel em­bar­rassed, dis­gusted with your­self, out of con­trol and dis­tressed.

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