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Recognizing the Signs of an Eating Disorder

Posted by Nirmala N.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, over 50 percent of American teenage girls and almost a third of boys use unhealthy behaviors to control and lose weight. If you think someone you know might be suffering from anorexia or bulimia, here are some tips to help recognize the warning signs: 1) A dramatic loss of weight 2) An overt obsession with counting calories 3) Overly frequent exercise 4) Eating alone or avoiding meals 5) Using laxatives regularly 6) Frequent self-criticism, using words like "fat" or "ugly;" this increases despite weight loss or despite the fact that the person is actually thin 7) Smoking to suppress appetite NEDA has said that anorexia for girls usually starts between the ages of 11 and 13, but it's also been noted in much younger girls and in adults. Unfortunately, anorexia and bulimia have the highest death rate out of all psychiatric illnesses, but less than half of people who report eating disorders have received treatment for it.
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