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You know you have an eating disorder, can you identify when you are showing signs?

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Last Updated: 09/06/2021 at 3:41am
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June 18th, 2015 2:05am
Regardless of how your body looks, eating disorders are a mental illness, and you’re still experiencing a lot of the symptoms. Being afraid of “unhealthy” foods, constantly worrying or thinking about what you eat, obsessing over exercise or being unable to go without it are all signs of disorder, especially if you’ve experienced an eating disorder in the past.
January 28th, 2015 10:31pm
I knew I had an eating disorder when I didn't want people to see me, my clothes didn't fit and it made me happy. The biggest sign was storing food that I knew I was never going to eat, and the realization hit me when people close to me found all the food I had left to rot.
May 7th, 2015 2:28am
Avoiding food, getting rid of food through vomiting/exercise/laxatives, an obsession with losing weight or changing your body, habits such as cutting up food/hiding food, losing your period, feeling fatigued or irritable, rapid weight loss or gain, and a general insecurity regarding yourself, food, and weight. If these are going on for a consistent amount of time, you may have an eating disorder.
June 4th, 2015 11:22pm
When you are obsessed with your body, you don't feel good enough, you might even hate/loathe yourself, you have low self-esteem and compare yourself to other people and have negative thoughts about yourself. Those could be some big signs that you have an eating disorder or are beginning to get one.
December 8th, 2015 3:29pm
yes - and if you can see the signs, then try to identify your triggers or stressors as to why you would want to go relapse back to it.
December 13th, 2015 4:43pm
Eating disorders are not always visible to others. You might be obsessing over the amount of calories in your food without being incredibly skinny. As others have said before, eating disorders are mental illnesses, so you can be the fittest gym-bunny and still have a disorder, if you are super obsessed about calories, fats, weight and how much you burn. Its "healthy" to not want to eat deepfried food 24/7 and choose the low fat over the high fat version, but it becomes an eating disorder when you feel uncomfortable if you can't choose those or when you start limiting your intake excessively (among other things, these are just examples). Maybe you could take some time and think about the signs you see yourself showing and consider if they are healthy or not, where they come from and what you're aiming at when you think like that? much love and support!
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December 29th, 2015 3:06pm
There are many symptoms and signs in which someone with an eating disorder shows. It is about how you feel and your relationship to food. When you eat something, how do you feel? What emotions do you experience when you eat something you like? What about something you do not like? Do you find yourself eating an enormous amount of food nonstop? Or are you ignoring your hinger signals when your stomach wants food?
September 27th, 2016 10:03am
You can tell when you eat less or more than your usual self, or an average of three meals per day,or even if you have been losing or gaining weight rapidly.
June 23rd, 2015 12:42pm
Unless it's proven by an experienced doctor, then you may not have it. If proven try dealing with it as doctors orders.
January 4th, 2016 2:50pm
Picking at food, cutting food to tiny pieces. extreme weight loss. obsession over food and looking in the mirror, pinching excess skin. always making excuses about having eaten or when you will eat or what you have eaten. can't eat when other people are in the room.
October 28th, 2019 8:54am
A person know they have an eating disorder from different signs. Eating a little amount of food about two meals. Eating too much every hour or two, treating oneself to feel comfort. Weighing your self everyday or avoiding to weigh yourself. Putting rules that restrain your eating. And using all or nothing mindset. Choosing a group or two only to eat from. Comparing yourself to others from different age or gender. Binge eating where mood changes and eating keep your mind of those events that changed mood. When a person is compulsive or attached to eating. In simple words those simple things that could help a person know if he or she got an eating disorder.
November 7th, 2019 9:38am
I know that I am starting to show signs when I feel so hungry that my stomach hurts but I have no deisre to eat, not even to make it feel better. I also know when I start looking at fad diets and obsessing over eating "healthier". I also go the opposite way... when I start eating junk food like crazy and eating to the point that my stomach hurts from being over full. With me it is like a weird rollercoaster and I never know which way I am going to be until it starts. When my clothes get too big and I obsess over weighing myself or I feel like I can't stomach the thought of food, it nauseates me to even think about eating.
September 6th, 2021 3:41am
Yes, eating disorder can be related to over eating or under eating. Sometimes even when we are not hungry but feel the need to stuff ourselves with food, that can be a sign of overeating. And with overeating you can feel a bit heavy , lethargic and drained of energy. Similarly in the case of undereating you may not feel like having food at times, And in that case also the body will show you the signs, You may feel like your sugar levels are low, or it will also be accompanied by nausea. When you feel that you are having an eating disorder its better to seek help, so that your lifestyle can be rectified and you may reach the balance that you are seeking.