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How To Recognize Warning Signs of Anorexia

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Thursday May 9, 2019 11:30 AM, ummid.com News Network

Anorexia Nervosa

Do you think one of your loved ones might be struggling with an eating disorder? Click here to learn how to recognize the warning signs of anorexia.

Looking good and having a slim body is a goal many people have regardless of who they are, their age, or what they do for a living. Diet and exercise are the main way to achieve the body of your dreams, but some folks think there's a way around that.

There's a price that comes with trying to get skinny quickly. Over 30 million people in the United States have some kind of eating disorder.

But how can you recognize the signs of anorexia in a loved one? And what can you do to help them? Get ready to learn more and see how help is possible.

Notice if There is Rapid Weight Loss

If your loved one is displaying symptoms of anorexia, it's common to see them lose a lot of weight very quickly. This is often achieved through obsessive exercising and limiting how much if any, food gets consumed.

Signs of the body looking less healthy and more skeletal, along with normal clothing seeming baggier than usual can point toward anorexia.

Along with rapid weight loss, it's not uncommon to see brittle nails and thinning hair, both side effects of dealing with this issue.

Obsessed With Food and Calorie Counting

It's important to keep track of what you eat when trying to lose weight. This is something most people understand, and calorie counting is not uncommon.

Those who have anorexia develop an obsession with eating as little as possible. They often know off the top of their head how many calories are in a dish or ingredient and work to avoid many things offered on a or at home.

Most adults need to eat between 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day. If your loved one develops these types of obsessive habits, it can lead to a sign that something is wrong.

Signs of Anorexia Include Withdrawing From Events Where Food is Present

Individuals with anorexia often feel uncomfortable eating in public situations. This is either because they're trying to avoid food, and don't want to get questioned while doing so. Or, they're worried if they eat, they'll get perceived as fat.

If your loved one starts turning down parties, get-togethers, or events that offer or feature food or a meal, this can point to problems associated with anorexia. Consider it a symptom if this is something they never did in the past and you notice accompanying weight loss.

Options for Treatment

Thankfully, individuals who have anorexia can find options for treatment when it comes to this disease. It's important to understand that the anorexia nervosa medical condition is treatable.

Just as one would recover from another other addiction, there are residential programs that allow your loved one to get weighed, start back on a healthy diet, and deal with the underlying issues causing anorexia.

There are also outpatient treatments that the individual attends several times a week where they check in, get therapy, and are closely monitored. Medications are sometimes offered in conjunction with both treatment options, depending on the situation.

Discover More

If you think you notice signs of anorexia in a friend or loved one, know there are ways to help. From a treatment center to outpatient options, they can reclaim their life and enjoy all it has to offer once they begin treatment.

If you're interested in how to develop healthy eating habits, we can help. Check out our blog post on eating healthy on a budget.

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