Experts Answer: How Do You Tell if Someone Has an Eating Disorder?
Each week, MyHealthNewsDaily asks the experts to answer questions about your health.
This week, weِ asked mental health experts: How canِ you tellِ ifِ someone hasِ anِ eating disorder.
The experts noted thatِ the diagnosis ofِ anyِ mental illness shouldِ beِ left toِ professionals.
Still, thereِ areِ some signs toِ lookِ for.
Sondra Kronberg, a nutrition therapist and spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association:
Eating disorders shouldِ beِ taken seriously.
It becomesِ no sugar, noِ fat, orِ whole food groups couldِ beِ eliminated.
Irregular appearance orِ disappearance ofِ food inِ the household canِ indicate anِ eating disorder, asِ can a newِ anxiety aroundِ particular foods.
Thomas Weigel, instructor inِ psychiatry atِ Harvard Medical School andِ the Associate Medical Director ofِ the Klarman Eating Disorders Center atِ McLean Hospital Looking atِ something likeِ anorexia nervosa, whichِ isِ associatedِ with resistance toِ eating andِ weight loss, youِ areِ watching forِ rapid andِ severe weight loss becauseِ of diet, calorie counting andِ food restriction.
People oftenِ develop a list ofِ foods theyِ cannotِ eat.
It’s difficult toِ recognize theseِ signs, becauseِ people doِ these thingsِ to beِ health conscious, butِ we alsoِ see thisِ inِ anorexia.
Laura Discipio, executive director of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders:
So weight andِ body size areِ not theِ onlyِ predictors.
Are theyِ nowِ restricting theِ kinds ofِ foods theyِ areِ going toِ eat.
It mayِ beِ a sign ofِ a disorder ifِ large amounts ofِ food areِ missing, ifِ you find food hidden inِ the bedroom, orِ ifِ they start toِ change theِ way thatِ they dress.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate than any illness.
Eugene Beresin, American Academy ofِ Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, professor ofِ psychiatry atِ Harvard Medical School: There areِ allِ kinds ofِ variations inِ eating disorders, especiallyِ in teens.
Among teenage girls, anorexia nervosa isِ something toِ watch outِ for.
Some ofِ these thingsِ canِ look quiteِ normal.