Eating disorder can mostly affect women who experienced obesity most of their lives. Although some may only react to fear from getting physically big, it appears that mostly really did have trouble on their weight. Eating disorder can sometimes lead to anorexia or bulimia if not taken cared of. This is serious problem and can be dangerous to the person suffering the said disorder. In order to prevent this kind of problem, here are 5 common signs that could help you identify if your love ones is suffering from eating disorder.
1. Yellowish teeth. Anorexia is easily identified. A person who is underweight and especially thin is a giveaway to determine that they have eating disorder. Bulimia is harder to tell. But you can check the color of their teeth. Bulimics pressure themselves to vomit. And stomach acid erodes the enamel of the teeth that is why they become yellow.
2. Being vocal about their discontentment with their bodies. At first, people who are supposed to have an eating disorder are easily recognizable through what they say about their bodies. Often, they would complain on how fat or skinny they are when there is never really an issue to their body frames. When you hear this type of lines, keep an eye on that person. They may need your help sooner or later.
3. Change in eating habits. If one day you noticed your loved one pushing their favorite food around their plate every meal, this should raise the red flag. Ask them what they want to eat every time they tend to dislike the food you serve on the table. If you receive a negative response, it would be better to ask them if something’s wrong and the reason why they’re not eating when they used to eat a lot. With this, you can plan what kind of help they need.
4. Too secretive. People with eating disorders develop a secretive nature for shame and fear that they might be rejected. They are ashamed that people may notice how thin or how fat they are so they tend to hide themselves into large and baggy clothes. Also, they always are in a hurry to leave the table after mealtime so that they can hide away stashed foods or worse – excrete the food they take out of their body.
5. Refuse to dine with other people. A person who is suffering from eating disorder would not and would somehow refuse to eat out with friends or any acquaintances. This is because they are too shy or too ashamed of how much or how less they eat. They don’t want people to see that they have food issues.
Most people who suffer eating disorder resist treatments. They have it in their minds that nothing is wrong with them and that they are in control of their body. People like them need to have medical attention. If your loved one is suffering the same, seek advice of a doctor that your family trust on how to get treatment.