It is important to be able to assess if you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, and 1 in 5 people are. These questions will help to show eating disorder symptoms, though the behaviors can vary.
Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
Clearly this question will indicate bulimic behaviors. It is important to note, you do not necessarily have to make yourself vomit in order to be bulimic. There are many other ways a person tries to get rid of food when they feel they have overeaten. These methods include: exercise, laxative use, restriction, etc.
Do you ever feel as though you have no control over the amount you eat?It is very typical to feel out of control with food when you have an eating disorder. This feeling is associated with bulimia, binge eating, and compulsive overeating disorders. It is important to seek help if you or someone you know is feeling like this.
Has your weight dropped 15 pounds or more recently?
It is characteristic of anorexia to see a rapid weight loss. Weight loss like this is dangerous, regardless of the starting weight. A person with anorexic behaviors may not yet be below a normal weight. It is common to see someone start out above ideal body weight range, so that after weight loss they still look normal. Do not be fooled into thinking person is not in just as critical need for treatment.
Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
If you see yourself as overweight, but no one else does, this is an issue. Body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by not seeing your physical self accurately. This disorder can ruin your quality of life, and requires treatment from a trained professional.
Would you say that food dominates your life?
This is an issue that people with all types of eating disorders will have. A person who is trapped in an eating disorder will be constantly focused on food and body. Life loses all enjoyment when the thoughts are only about what foods they should and shouldn’t eat. A person cannot fully experience life when they are trapped in their own thoughts about food.
Answering yes to two or more of the questions above indicates you are probably struggling with eating disorder symptoms. You must get help to recover from an eating disorder. Some people can stop the eating disorder behaviors on their own, but this will not fix the underlying issues. It is important to seek help immediately if you or someone you know is struggling with any of the above problems.