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Eating Disorders Do You Have This Condition? Watch Here

HASHTAG OUR STORIES: Eating Disorders is a variety of illnesses that are characterized by dangerous eating patterns and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape.

People who believe they need to change how they look tend to overeat, starve themselves, or adopt other unhealthy behaviours surrounding food and body weight. These disorders — binge eating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia — are not simply bad habits. They interfere with daily life and without proper treatment, they can cause serious health problems.

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Signs of an eating disorder

Emotional and behavioral

  • In general, behaviors and attitudes that indicate that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary concerns
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g., no carbohydrates, etc.)
  • Appears uncomfortable eating around others
  • Food rituals (e.g. eats only a particular food or food group [e.g. condiments], excessive chewing, doesn’t allow foods to touch)
  • Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals
  • Any new practices with food or fad diets, including cutting out entire food groups (no sugar, no carbs, no dairy, vegetarianism/veganism)
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Frequent dieting
  • Extreme concern with body size and shape 
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance
  • Extreme mood swings
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Physical 

  • Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and down
  • Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
  • Menstrual irregularities — missing periods or only having a period while on hormonal contraceptives (this is not considered a “true” period)
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Abnormal laboratory findings (anaemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low white and red blood cell counts)
  • Dizziness, especially upon standing
  • Fainting/syncope
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Sleep problems
  • Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (a result of inducing vomiting)
  • Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity
  • Dry skin and hair, and brittle nails
  • Swelling around the area of salivary glands
  • Fine hair on the body (lanugo)
  • Cavities, or discolouration of teeth, from vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Yellow skin (in context of eating large amounts of carrots)
  • Cold, mottled hands and feet or swelling of feet
  • Poor wound healing
  • Impaired immune functioning

Where you can get some help with your eating disorder

Eating disorders do not discriminate. They are complex mental health disorders that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. South Africa Eating Disorder Treatment has many resources available to those in recovery tap here for more

Source: Hashtag our Stories | National Eating Disorders

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