Do I…weigh myself every day
skip at least one meal a day
count calories and fat grams every time I eat
exercise excessively or compulsively
self-induce vomiting after I eat
abuse laxatives or diet pills to control my weight?
Am I on my way to an Eating disorder?
According to NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), eating disorders -such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder-include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. People with eating disorders often use food and the control of food in an attempt to compensate for feelings and emotions that may otherwise seem overwhelming. Eventually, however, dieting, bingeing and purging will damage a person’s physical and emotional health.
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized primarily by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Symptoms include a refusal to maintain a normal body weight, intense fear of weight gain or being “fat”, body image disturbance and loss of (3) consecutive menstrual periods.
Bulemia Nervosa is a cycle of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting in an attempt to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating. Symptoms include regular intake of large amounts of food accompanied by a sense of loss of control over eating behavior, regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting and/or obsessive or compulsive exercise and extreme concern with body weight and shape.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating while feeling out of control, ashamed or disgusted over the behavior. Symptoms include frequent episodes of eating large quantities of food in short periods of time, feeling out of control over eating behavior, eating when not hungry or eating in secret.
If you think that you may be developing an eating disorder and want to discuss your concerns with a medical provider or counselor, please call the Student Health and Counseling Center for an appointment: (760) 750-4915
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns and help you get the appropriate treatment.