• Programs for Eating Disorders

    Common Signs of Eating Disorders

    Common Signs of an Eating Disorder

    Do You or Someone You Love Have an Eating Disorder?  Are you concerned that you or someone you love has an eating disorder? We can tell you the signs of an eating disorder to help yourself or your loved one.

    What you should know about Eating Disorders:

    Eating disorders represent maladaptive relationships with food and one’s body.  Severe disruptions in eating behavior that occur in eating disorders are often associated with fears, most frequently of gaining weight.  Often extreme preoccupation and obsessions develop around food.  Even individuals who fear and restrict food, may spend large quantities of time thinking about food, preparing food for others, watching food television shows, researching topics related to food, nutrition, health and calories on the internet and vicariously feeding themselves in these ways.  Other individuals may over eat either in binge episodes or through disorganized and erratic eating behaviors throughout the day.  Some individuals compensate for real or perceived over-consumption by purging methods.  All eating disorders are associated with severe medical risks.

    • Eating Disorders are medical conditions that require specialized treatment.
    • Eating Disorders present in many ways and behaviors may change in form or severity within the same individual over time.
    • An Eating Disorder generally worsens without treatment.
    • Serious medical conditions can develop into chronic health problems.
    • Persons with Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions.
    • Eating Disorders are not just a disorder of female adolescence. Increasingly younger children, males, and middle aged adult women are being diagnosed with Eating Disorders.
    • Recovery is extremely challenging, the path is often winding and set backs are common.
    • Recovery is associated with family involvement and support.

     

    RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE!

    Our specialized multidisciplinary team of licensed physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and clinical dieticians work with people who are struggling with Eating Disorders every day.  We are here to help with effective treatment options that are individualized to promote recovery.   Contact Us today at 314-289-9411 to learn more or to get help!

    Here are Common Signs of an Eating Disorder:

    •  Persistent and Aggressive Dieting
    • Consistent dieting for lengthy periods of time even after target weight is achieved
    • Dissatisfaction with Appearance or Body Distortion
    • Placing excessive emphasis on body size for self-acceptance and may have inaccurate view of appearance that is often associated with social isolation
    • Binge Eating
    • Excessive eating which appears beyond the individual’s control
    •  Depressed and Anxious Mood
    • Mood strongly influenced by perceptions of body, size and eating habits
    •  Purging, Self-induced vomiting or excessive use of laxatives, diuretics or diet pills
    •  Obsessive Exercise
    • Lengthy, daily exercise which is compulsive and without enjoyment
    •  Peculiar Eating Patterns or an Unhealthy Relationship with Food
    • Skipping meals, limiting food variety, following fad diets, exhibiting odd food preferences or eating behaviors, anxiety about eating or avoiding mealtimes
    •  Visible Weight Loss
    • Sufficient weight loss to be noticeable to the casual observer, especially if achieved rapidly
    •  Weight Fluctuations, Fluctuations in weight due either to severe dieting, binging, or that are unexplained
    • Irrational fear about weight gain.
    • Inability to change behaviors despite personal costs due to intense, often debilitating fear about gaining weight.
    • Denial that health risks.
    • Inability to apply known medical risks to oneself, even after experiencing medical complications.
    • Preoccupation. Significant amount of time spent thinking about weight, shape, size or food.  Excessive time spent checking food labels or the computer, weighing self, and/or body checking that may interfere with other activities.

     

    Eating Disorders do not look the same for everyone.  If you have concerns and would like to talk with someone about additional information or to set up an appointment, please call our Intake Coordinator at 314-289-9411.