Education and Awareness Are Key to Stopping Self-Destructive Behaviors

If you or someone you care about may suffer from an eating disorder, such as bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating or binge eating, we encourage you to become educated about the warning signs. These disorders not only cause emotional distress, but they can cause serious medical problems. When they are caught early, they can be easier to treat. Don’t hesitate.

Education & Awareness

Common Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

If you or a loved one has one or more of the following symptoms, it may indicate an issue with self-esteem, body image, weight stigma or food that should be addressed by a professional.

You may have an eating disorder if you:

  • Constantly think about your food, weight, or body image
  • Have difficulty concentrating because of those thoughts
  • Worry that your last meal is making you fat
  • Experience guilt or shame around eating
  • Count calories whenever you eat or drink
  • Feel “out-of-control” when it comes to food
  • Binge eating at least once a week
  • Believe you are fat when others reassure you that you are thin
  • Obsess that your stomach, hips, thighs, or buttocks are too big
  • Weigh yourself several times a day
  • Exercise more than an hour every day to burn calories
  • Exercise to lose weight even if you are ill or injured
  • Label foods as “good” and “bad”
  • Vomit after eating
  • Use laxatives or diuretics to control your weight
  • Severely limit your food intake
  • Feel anxious and/or depressed and avoid social situations

Possible signs that someone you love has an eating disorder:

  • Skipping meals
  • Making excuses for not eating
  • Creating rituals around eating
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Frequently complaining that they are fat, especially if they are underweight or normal weight
  • Avoiding eating in public and/or eating in secret or hoarding food
  • Wearing baggy or layered clothing
  • Eating large amounts of food several times a week or more
  • Using laxatives or weight loss drugs
  • Using the bathroom during or after meals