Eating Disorder Consultation

What is eating disorder?

 

An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health.Eating Disorders are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males.

Signs & Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

A man or woman suffering from an eating disorder may reveal several signs and symptoms, some which are:

  • Chronic dieting despite being hazardously underweight
  • Obsession with calories and fat contents of food
  • Engaging in ritualistic eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food
  • Depression or lethargic stage
  • Avoidance of social functions, family and friends. May become isolated or withdrawn.
  • Switching between periods of overeating and fasting

Source:Eating Disorder Hope

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