National Eating Disorders Care Programme in Cape Town
Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterised by destructive eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape.
Eating Disorder Identification
The possibility for healing from an eating disorder increases the earlier the condition is identified and treated. As a result, it is necessary to be understand the typical warning signs of an eating condition.
An individual struggling with a problematic eating disorder won’t in most cases experience all of these symptoms at one time. However to some degree will experience a number of the signs and symptoms.
Behaviours commonly associated with an eating disorder could include:
- Adherence to strict diets, irrespective of weight / gain / loss
- Habitual trips to the bathroom after eating
- Binge eating large quantities of food
- Storing of hoarding food
- Consuming diet pills, laxatives or diuretics
- Compulsive exercising for weight loss
- Abuse of prescription stimulants and/or illicit stimulant drugs as appetite suppressants
- Consuming large quantities of food
- Continues eating even when they are full
- Consuming food quickly during "bingeing" episodes
- Ongoing "dieting" with no specific weight loss
- Eating alone or secretively
- Storing or hoarding foods
- Hiding food containers or other "evidence" of food binges