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There are several types of eating disorders. The most common are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Each type has its own specific symptoms.

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa (restricting diet):

  • Dramatic weight loss in a relatively short period of time
  • Obsession with calories and fat content of foods
  • Obsession with being fat
  • Fear of eating with other people
  • Food rituals. Examples: Cutting the food into tiny pieces, separating the food on the plate and mixing it back together
  • Hiding food in strange places to avoid eating it (like in closets and sock drawers)

Did You Know

5 to 10% of people with eating disorders die of medical complications as a result of their eating disorder.

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa (binge/purge):

  • Obsession with weight and complaining of weight problems even if average weight or thin
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom immediately following meals
  • Use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup or enemas
  • Exercising several hours per day / Exercising in the middle of the night
  • Hiding food to eat at a later time
  • Negative self-talk, especially after food consumption

Common Treatments

Individualized treatments are always recommended and the sufferer's health is priority number one. Immediate hospitalization may be required to stabilize someone suffering from an eating disorder. Additionally, there are some important things to understand about dealing with someone suffering from an eating disorder:

  • Realize there is no quick and easy solution.
  • Get professional help from someone experienced in treating eating disorders. This would include a physician, psychiatrist, therapist (individual or family), and a dietitian.
  • Don't make your love a condition of the individual's appearance, health, or weight.
  • Listen to his/her needs in areas other than food.
  • Avoid power struggles about weight.
  • Don't let the eating disorder dominate the household.
  • Don't be manipulated.
  • Don't panic. Get informed and get help!

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