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What are Signs of Disordered Eating?

Signs of disordered eating can include:

1. Obsessive thoughts about food and weight: Constant preoccupation with food and weight, such as counting calories, planning meals and snacks, or worrying about eating too much or too little.

2. Extreme restriction of food intake: Refusing to eat certain foods or avoiding whole food groups, leading to a limited and inadequate diet.

3. Binge eating: Eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and feeling a lack of control during the binge.

4. Purging behaviors: Engaging in behaviors such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise to get rid of calories consumed.

5. Body dysmorphia: Having a distorted view of one's body shape and size, frequently feeling overweight even when underweight.

6. Mood swings and low mood: Disordered eating can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety, and can also lead to depression.

7. Menstrual irregularities: Disordered eating can disrupt normal hormonal functioning and cause menstrual irregularities.

8. Dental problems: Vomiting, abuse of laxatives, and excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dental problems.

It's important to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs. Disordered eating is a serious condition that can have long-term health consequences and impact mental health.


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