What you may not know about Eating Disorders

  • It is common for people with eating disorders to resist treatment by hiding food, concealing symptoms, and faking weights.
  • Patients with anorexia nervosa are often anosognosic; they experience their disordered behaviors and thoughts as normal and truly do not feel ill.
  • Symptoms associated with eating disorders, such as strange ritualized eating, binging, irritability, hoarding of food, paranoia, and social withdrawal, are understood to be consequences of malnutrition.
  • Exercise can be problematic when it’s done intensely but without pleasure and to compensate for eating. Exercise is a common method of “purging” calories and is dangerous.
  • Co-morbidity occurs when two illnesses are present at the same time. Eating disorders are often co-morbid with anxiety and depression.
  • Early detection and assertive treatment are the best way to prevent chronic illness and death from an eating disorder; the earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of recovery.