Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are serious illnesses that many women suffer from. Yes, there are some men who also suffer from eating disorders, but the majority of victims are women. There is a lot of pressure from our society today to look a certain way or to be a certain size and it can take a toll on a person. Unfortunately, some women want so much to fit an unrealistic standard that they starve themselves.
Many women actually die from eating disorders or become very sick. If you are concerned for a loved one whom you expect might be suffering from an eating disorder, then you need to find out for sure and offer help. It isn’t always easy to know if someone is struggling with an eating disorder so here are some warning signs to look out for.
If you notice a change in personality then you should start paying close attention. When a person is struggling with an eating disorder the tendency is for their personality to change in such a way that they are usually more irritable and less patient. Notice if they tend to have mood swings or become angry when the topic of food comes up and notice how they react when someone offers them food.
Women struggling with eating disorders also tend to become obsessed with working out or going to the gym. It is good and healthy to exercise but it can also be dangerous if one overdoes it. Notice how often they frequent the gym and if it is more than once a day, then this could be a clue.
Pay close attention to what they eat, how they eat and how often they eat. If you can’t remember the last time was you had a meal with that person or when you last saw them eat, then this could be a sign.
If you notice that they don’t eat for long periods of time and then gorge themselves on junk food later, then they could be suffering from bulimia.
One obvious hint would be that the person is much skinnier. But if they are anorexic or bulimic then they might also have the appearance of being sick. They could look pale and tired.
If you believe someone to have an eating disorder then you should never make jokes about that person being overweight. Even if it is in sarcasm, someone dealing with one of these illnesses will take it to heart and make the condition worse.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder then don’t hesitate to get help. The longer an illness like this goes on the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you believe that a friend or family member may be anorexic or bulimic then only ask if you are serious about helping that person. It is a very difficult thing for a person to admit to and they may become defensive if asked.