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How to identify an eating disorder

January 19, 2016 0 Comments


Eating disorders have high rates of diagnosis within teen populations and the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. One of the greatest reasons for these trends may be ignorance of the tell-tale symptoms. Although many are subtle, there are numerous warning signs that can indicate an eating disorder.

What you see is not necessarily what you eat

According to Laura Discipio, executive director of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, “People can have eating disorders and be of normal weight or overweight. So weight and body size are not the only predictors. Really, you want to look at behaviors and attitudes.”

In part of an Australian Government Department of Health initiative, the National Eating Disorders Collaboration also detailed initial behaviors that can signal an eating disorder exists within a person. For friends and family, these early recognizable features consist of:

The wide spread of symptoms

One of the most definitive sources of eating disorder management is the Academy for Eating Disorders’ annual report. In addition to telltale behaviors, the organization listed the broad range of physical characteristics that may display in individuals with an eating disorder. Symptoms can fall into one or more of the following areas:

Some educational facilities are equipped with specialized programs to address behavioral disorders during adolescence, like White River Academy. This therapeutic boarding school for teen boys blends academics with treatment, so if you or your adolescent is struggling with a serious mental disorder, contact us by phone through our 24/7 helpline or online to learn about our effective solutions.

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