Eating Disorders are very serious and if left untreated can be fatal. More and more we find a higher number of people suffering with eating disorders. Since all the magazines are showing young girls abnormally small and skinny women, they seem to be more common these days. And since eating disorders are a very secretive thing, you usually can’t tell if someone has an issue. Plus, usually those with suffering aren’t willing to admit they have a problem. So if you think someone you know and love might be suffering from Bulimia or Anorexia there are a few things that can give you a clue if they have a problem.
-Bad body image. Usually girls who talk badly about their body (even if they are slim) might have an issue. If they are always talking about how they want to lose weight and talking about how much weight they need to lose ( which is usually very unreasonable) that could be a sign that they have an issue.
-Obsession with food. if someone is always talking about calories, fat content of foods, or just talking about how they can’t eat certain things, they may have an issue with food. Usually girls who have eating disorders, especially those with bulimia, think about food for a majority of their day. Their life pretty much revolves around it. If someone you know has a weird obsession with food, they may have an issue.
-Frequent visits to the bathroom after or during meals. Most likely a girl with bulimia is going to eat and then purge her food in the bathroom. If she is is taking alot of trips to the bathroom she might have a problem with throwing up her food.
-An excessive weight loss in a small amount of time. It is a known fact that if you don’t eat or don’t get enough calories, you will lose weight. And if you are reducing your calorie intake by a lot, which people with eating disorders usually do, you will lose weight very quickly. If you notice that a friend has lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time, they could potentially have a problem and you probably want to investigate further.
-Baggy Clothing. Since people who have a problem with an eating disorder usually lose a lot weight, they sometimes try to hide it by wearing baggy clothes. Most girls with anorexia or bulimia have a distorted body image and even though they believe they are fat, they are usually abnormally skinny. So they are usually embarrassed and don’t want anyone to know how skinny they are, so they wear baggy clothes.
-Hair Loss. Since those with anorexia or bulimia aren’t getting the nutrients they need, the first thing that you will be able to notice is that they are losing hair. Since your hair uses the left over nutrients to grow, those with an eating disorder don’t have enough nutrients for their body and their hair starts falling out. If you notice an abnormal amount of hair loss in your friend, you might want to see if they have a problem with their eating habits.