Know The Symptoms Of Eating Disorders And Nip Them In The Bud...
Symptoms Of Eating
There are many signs
and symptoms of eating disorders. They are almost as diverse as the people who suffer them. Sometimes, a particular eating disorder shares some symptoms with another eating disorder. You have to look in closely for more symptoms to identify the particular disorder.
Here's a list of symptoms with brief explanations where necessary.
Note that the focus here is on Anorexia Nervosa.
Behavioral symptoms of anorexia eating disorder
- Restricted eating, severe diets, and starvation.
A victim of anorexia feels an urgency to shed weight fast.
Even when he or she is of average weight or not fat at all.
He or she keeps unnecessary and highly restrictive food rituals.
For example, when I had anorexia nervosa eating disorder, I wouldn’t eat AFTER 5 pm. That's, for whatever little quantity I'd eat. And if for any reason I couldn’t catch lunch earlier, that was it for the day. I felt cool and okay with this till my body reached a crises point.
- Avoidance of social situations where food may be present
If you've had
anorexia, you'll easily identify with this.You wouldn’t want to attend functions where food would be served.I didn’t like the idea of either messing up people's event by refusal to eat or be seen picking at my food.
Check out this hot one. You just must exercise, come rain, come shine.
Not to keep healthy. You exercise to keep your weight much lower than necessary. Even when family and friends say you look too thin.
- Dressing in layers of clothing to keep warm.
This symptom of anorexia eating disorder is easy to spot.
I saw myself wearing sometimes three tops to keep warm I was often feeling cold, morning, afternoon, night. There was too little fat in me to keep me warm.
- False body image (seeing self as fat even when too thin)
The mirror shows what you are.
But because of the blinding effect of anorexia, you see your body as FAT always. There's also the daily fear of becoming fatter, in spite of the emaciated looks.
- Use of laxatives, enemas, or diuretics
This is risky on the internals, especially with eating little or nothing.
- Interest in cooking and feeding others
While you pride yourself in having absolute control on what you eat,
when and where you eat.
ATTITUDE expressed by Anorexia Nervosa victims
- Depression and irritability.
This is because the brain and body ain't getting what they need.
Nothing must ever be out of place.
You must keep to your schedule, no matter what. And everything and everybody must perform as expected.
I could hardly trust me to deliver on anything.
Even when others praised my delivery, I often felt I didn't and couldn't do well enough
- Measure self-worth by controlled food intake.
Physiological Symptoms of Anorexia eating disorder
- Fast weight Loss in a short time.
- Irregular menstruation (in young women and women).
Sometimes, the period stops for months.
This is called amenorrhea.
Show of malnourished and undernourished body.
- Complaints of feeling cold often
for lack of body fat.
- Dizziness and fainting spells
I experienced dizziness almost daily.
- Bone mineral loss, leading to osteoporosis
- Irregular heartbeat and pain in the heart which
can lead to cardiac arrest.
This was most alarming to me when I started having the experience. Unfortunately, I never linked this to anorexia.
- Loss of muscle and body fat
This is evidenced by drastic weight loss on the scale and looks.
- Insomnia and poor sleeping habits
- Restless legs
- Nausea and actual vomiting
- Obsession with calories and fat content of foods
- Hiding uneaten foods or flushing them down the toilet
- Hair Loss and brittleness of hair
- Dry and itchy skin
Creams are hardly able to handle this.
The problem is more severe than any cream could handle.
Symptoms of Anorexia nervosa eating disorder could be more.
But these ones are common.
There are also more symptoms of eating disorders like Symptoms Of Binge
and Symptoms Of Bulimia
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