by Catherine Rein
(last updated April 22, 2009)
In college I had a number of friends who suffered from stress and the life changes of living independently for the first time. Some of these friends sadly developed eating disorders that affected them for many years. I wish I'd known then more about the signs of eating disorders and treatment options to help them. If you suspect a loved one suffers from an eating disorder, look for the following symptoms:
Self-defeating thoughts are another symptom of eating disorders. You should be on the look out for negative feelings of worthlessness or not being perfect as these can be signs of eating disorders. Eating disorders are diagnosed according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association. If an eating disorder is left untreated it can cause death, heart disease, stunted growth and many other life long illnesses.
You should take any eating disorder seriously and help friends or family members that might be affected get the help of trained professionals.
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