An eating disorder is a psychological problem that represents an irregular eating habit, which could be disturbed and result in excessive concerns regarding your body weight. Eating disorders are usually accompanied by either an excessive eating habit or an insufficient eating habit, both of which are equally problematic and harmful to the human body.

We usually do not notice this, but there are several among our midst who suffer from an eating disorder. How then do we identify a relative, a friend, or someone close to us who are suffering from an eating habit? Here are seven signs that can help you identify if someone you know might be suffering from an eating disorder.

  1. You may find your friend or relative is always on a diet that is too extreme despite he/she being excessively under or below average weight.
  2. You will notice frequent fluctuations in the weight of your friend/relative and that he/she is constantly talking about these weight fluctuations that are happening.
  3. You might notice an excessive obsession your friend/relative has with fat-rich and calorie-high foods.
  4. This might not seem anything out of the ordinary just that your friend has an obsessive-compulsive disorder of eating in a peculiar way such as eating in solitude, cutting food into very small portions, or eating food in hiding. All these are symptoms of an eating disorder.
  5. You may even notice that all of a sudden he/she is so fixated on food, the ingredients, recipes, cooking, etc. but at the same time avoid social gatherings.
  6. You will start to notice that your friend/relative is always tired, lethargic or depressed.
  7. You will see a change in their pattern of eating from overeating to extreme fasting.

Now that you know the signs and symptoms of persons suffering from an eating disorder, the next step is to seek help. You could advise them or send them to a rehabilitation center for professional help such as the Ontario Drug Rehabs. Early identification can help save the person you love the most from completely losing out on them.