You’ve started dodging dinner plans because you’re worried your friends might notice that your eating habits have changed.
You’ve become hyper-fixated on your body and started working out early every morning to “make up” for the previous day’s eating.
You’ve noticed that your ever-dwindling list of “safe” foods is making it hard to eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
If you see yourself in any of the above behaviors, it may indicate that you’re struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder.
Eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in an individual’s eating and food behaviors or self-perception. These complex, biologically based illnesses are influenced by environmental, social, and psychological factors. Unfortunately, they are not uncommon, with nearly 30 million Americans experiencing an eating disorder in their lifetime. Knowing the signs of an eating disorder can help you catch it early and get you the help you need.