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Know the Signs of an Eating Disorder

For teens and adults alike,  troublesome eating habits can sometimes evolve into something more than a fad diet or a weekend indulgence—with a poor self-image or a lack of control leading to behavior that evolves into a serious disorder.

“The most common causes we see that trigger eating disorders besides media, are life transitions, competitive sporting events, family struggles, social problems, traumatic events, and even genetics,” says Amy Hayes, a social worker at Indian River Wellness Center. 

Remember, eating disorders aren’t always obvious. Hidden signs to watch out for include rigid exercise routines, disappearing after meals, frequent use of diuretics or laxatives, and an overall preoccupation with body weight.

Anorexia Nervosa. 
An unhealthy fear of gaining weight and usually a distorted view of their body. SIGNS: Avoiding food, drastic weight loss, and a severe fear of gaining weight.

Bulimia Nervosa. 
Consuming large amounts of food then vomiting shortly after to feel better. SIGNS: Overeating, negative statements about body image, and secret purging. 

Binge Eating Disorder. 
Loss of control and frequent consumption of excessive amounts of food. SIGNS: This disorder often leads to severe obesity and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

If your teen or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, help is available. Know the signs and symptoms, CLICK HERE.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Beacon.