Though the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders doesn’t list every kind of eating disorder, there are many other eating disorders which can affect people. Taking on more popular names they include body image issues as well. For example, orthorexia is an unhealthy obsession with clean eating. Biggerexia is an obsession with muscle mass. Also not listed specifically under eating disorders is BDD, body dysmorphic disorder, which is commonly accompanied by eating disorders or eating disorder behaviors.
Negative Consequences Of Eating Disorders
Diagnosing An Eating Disorder
When do the symptoms of an eating disorder warrant professional intervention? Many people experience phases of unhealthy obsessions with their body, their identity, and the food they eat. Problematically, diagnosing an eating disorder finds fault here. First, there is a belief that eating disorders have to be life threatening and serious to warrant treatment. Second, this belief is based on the stereotype that eating disorders are not significant mental health disorders. Unfortunately, an eating disorder doesn’t always create a drastic change in weight. Many of the symptoms are psychological and behavioral. Most often, these less obvious symptoms are well hidden by someone with an eating disorder.
Symptoms Of Eating Disorders
Here are some of the most common symptoms of someone struggling with any eating disorder:
Eating disorders can develop at any stage in life. If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, help is available. Call Harmony Place today for a private consultation and more information on our residential treatment programs with specialized tracks for eating disorders. 1-855-627-1417.