First, it is critical to understand that eating disorders have very little to do with food and body image. Though the disorders create a hyperfocus on physical flaws, they tend to be the manifestation of deeper issues concerning confidence, self worth, and more. Sadly, the symptoms of an eating disorder take on lives of their own. Here are some of the signs to look for if you are concerned you have a food addiction or an eating disorder.
They talk about food whenever they eat
Obsessing and analyzing food is common with eating disorders. Talking about how much someone’s eaten, how healthy or unhealthy a meal is, how much they’re exercising, whether or not they feel full, if they feel too full, etc, are all common topics. They might never seem to be satisfied with their meal choices, are always hungry after eating, or make audible remarks about how they are disgusted with themselves for eating in such a way.
They seem to have anxiety about food
When you invite them out to eat they seem to have anxiety. Quite often they come up with excuses not to join you for a meal or be around food.
They don’t give themselves what they want
They’re always on a diet, detox, or cleanse which restricts their food choices. You hear them talk about wanting to eat a certain food but justifying all the reasons they can’t and why it’s worth it to avoid eating it. Sometimes they mention how terrible it would make them feel if they were to eat it.
They’re hiding something
You’ve had your suspicions for a while now. They go to the bathroom after they eat. They spend a lot of time looking at their body in the mirror. They’re always at the gym. You’ve found the foods they’d never let themselves eat hidden in drawers or corners of their room. You try to talk to them about it and they always deflect or get angry at you for bringing it up. The friend you know and love isn’t acting like themselves and won’t tell you what they’re hiding.
Eating disorders can cause long term health complications for both body and mind. Aurora Recovery Centre offers residential treatment programs to men and women seeking to recover from eating disorders. For more information, call 844-515-STOP.