Signs Of Eating Disorders — And How An Eating Disorder Counselor Can Help

Eating Disorders Seriously Affect A Person's Emotional And Physical Health
Learn About Eating Disorders With An Online Therapist


While some may recognize the signs of an eating disorder and may recommend an eating disorder counselor, others may not know where to begin. This is especially true if someone is suffering from an eating disorder himself or herself.

According to the National Eating Disorders Organization, emotions, behaviors and attitudes are centered on an individual's food decisions. This individual focuses on weight issues, as well as other mental-health-related issues.

Signs of Eating Disorders


The three main types of eating disorders are: anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

The signs of anorexia nervosa are the following:

  • Refraining from eating;
  • Maintaining a very low weight;
  • Overwhelming fears of weight gain, which leads to obsessions about preventing any and all weight gain;
  • Inability to see the damage of not eating and what it is doing to the body and brain;
  • Some elements of binge eating and purging;
  • And more.

Binge eating is the opposite and consists of:

  • The intake of very large portions of food at one time, often alone;
  • Thoughts of guilt and shame during a binge;
  • Feeling "out of control" while binge eating;
  • Eating when you're not feeling hungry;
  • Eating too much that you're uncomfortable;
  • And more.

Eating Disorders Seriously Affect A Person's Emotional And Physical Health
Learn About Eating Disorders With An Online Therapist


Bulimia nervosa is another common eating disorder that involves:

  • Binge eating various foods but purging afterward;
  • Obsession with not gaining weight;
  • An individual who feels out of control while binge eating;
  • Self esteem that is obsessively correlated to body image;
  • And more.


If these disorders - and more - go untreated, the person with the eating disorder may suffer several medical complications or even death. In many ways, eating disorders are associated with anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Getting Help From An Eating Disorder Counselor

If you or someone you know needs help for an eating disorder, an eating disorder counselor can help you get on a tailored path that is the best for you. When a person suffers from an eating disorder, he or she may have a long recovery process through psychotherapy. Different types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and more, can give the person suffering from an eating disorder recovery tools. An eating disorder counselor may encourage a client to engage in yoga, art, writing or other creative activities to help curb undereating or overeating. The most possible approach is tailored to each particular client.


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