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For many individuals, their relationship with food seems basic or instinctual. For those who struggle with eating disorders it is a constant and pervasive battle. There is a wide range of types of eating disorders. Most commonly seen are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Eating disorders can affect all age groups, socioeconomic levels, and is not specific to gender or ethnicity. The specific causes of these disorders are unknown, and may differ between individuals. While treatable, eating disorders are serious psychosocial illnesses that often need to be treated by a team of professional who specialize in these disorders.  

The exact number of people struggling with this disease is high debated; the increased prevalence of these disorders is not. Traditionally, eating disorders were thought to begin in adolescent and early adulthood. However, it is becoming more commonplace for children and middle age adults to suffer from these illnesses.  Early treatment and intervention of these disorders can significantly improve recovery outcomes. Some recent studies have shown that two out of three of individuals struggling with eating disorders recover. One point that should be mentioned is that the process is not a quick progression, and it may take years to recover.

What should you look for if you are concerned that someone you know or maybe you yourself are struggling with an eating disorder?  It all starts with change. Have you recognized that there has been an alteration in attitudes/beliefs about foods, weight or body image such as:

·         Avoids eating with others

·         Avoids eating at school or at restaurants

·         Avoid eating certain or whole food groups

·         Sudden weight changes

·         Frequently skips meals or takes abnormally small portions

·         Pushes food around on plate to portray eating

·         Has food rituals such as cutting up foods into tiny bites or eating food in a certain order

·         Negative self talk or body image

·         Eating in secret

·         Excessive exercise even when sick or injured

·         Disappearance of large amounts of foods

·         Disappearing after meals

·         Obsessed with calories and what is in foods

·         Obsessed with fad diets or nutrition supplements

·         Obsessed with weight

This is a short list. For a more complete list of eating disorder symptoms go to the National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) site.  It is not necessary for someone to have all of these symptoms to be struggling with an eating disorder. If you have questions or concerns about yourself or loved ones please contact Primrose Nutrition Consulting today. We are here to help. Too many struggling go without help. Begin today to find peace with food and body.