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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Eating Disorders

When it comes to eating disorders, it’s so important to be educated about them.  We often lump anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating into one category and call them eating disorders, but the truth is they are all very different, as are the telltale warning signs when they are present.  If you think someone you love may have an eating disorder, it may be up to you to encourage them to get help at an eating disorder treatment center because, most times, the person suffering isn’t aware that what they are doing is life threatening.

Because anorexia nervosa is the most common psychiatric illness diagnosed in women, we will focus on its warning signs. Knowing what to look for is the first step; the next is getting the person help.

Anorexia Nervosa Warning Signs

  • Inadequate food intake and refusal to eat certain foods
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Obsession with weight and appearance
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Intense fear of weight gain and an excessive exercise plan
  • Hair loss
  • Playing with food – either moving it around the plate or over-chewing food
  • Every activity is food centric – either eating it or avoiding it

The signs of anorexia nervosa typically appear in early to mid-adolescence, but they can surface at any time.  If these signs are becoming apparent in someone you know, take action. Talk, listen, and don’t judge them; instead, encourage them to seek help. It is the most loving thing you can do to support them.

If you’re still not sure about what to do next, call the staff at Rebecca’s House at 1-800-711-2062. We not only understand what you’re going through, we know how to get you and your loved one through this most difficult time.


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