Eating Disorders: What are they? What are the signs?
It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. What are some common eating disorders? What are the signs? What should you do if you, or a loved one, might have or be developing an eating disorder? In this video, Midlothian health coach Jaime Monsen discusses this sensitive, but important, topic.
Today, I'm going to be discussing eating disorders and just giving you an introduction to what it is and some signs to be aware of. If you have any questions as I go through this video, feel free to leave them below and I'll return any questions that I get. As I am aware, this is a sensitive conversation to have. Make sure you reach out to me directly if needed or reach out to your physician as well.
What is an eating disorder?
So what is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are behaviors that are constantly going to impact negatively your emotions, your health, and really disrupt your day to day activity in your life and in getting through your day to day activities. Some common types of eating disorders would be anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.
Anorexia typically will fall into people who are very restrictive on their foods. Low calorie. They typically are going to be very underweight and they're going to have a very negative, distortive body image, body perception.
Bulimia is also going to be restrictive. However, they're going to go into moments of binge eating, where they could be restricted throughout the day, and then find themselves binge eating at night and then purging. You're going to have a lot more of the binge and the purge with that type of a disorder. The other one is just binge eating.
Binge eating, typically people will find themselves not able to control how much they plan to eat and will find themselves just overeating from time to time due to stress or emotions.
All of these are potentially life-threatening, so it's something that you do want to be aware of, something that you want to have an open conversation. This is an uncomfortable conversation to have, but a very important one as it's really going to drastically impact your health, your future.
What are the signs of an eating disorder?
If you're not aware if you are falling into any of these categories, a couple of little signs, and just to go over a few to make it easy, are you very secretive about your eating? Are you binge eating secretly? Are you hiding what you eat, when you eat?
So if you're finding yourself in more of secretive behavior types, that would be a sign for you. If you're skipping meals, finding excuses not to eat, that would be a sign. Or being overly excessive on weight gain or meaning to exercise, so really an unhealthy mannerism.
Again, if you're not sure, that's what your PartnerMD clinical team is for. Reach out to your physician, as they can direct you more appropriately to a counselor, if needed. You can also reach to your health coach to see if you have more signs.
I did a little bit of research on the internet for today's topic. Mayo Clinic had a lot of great information and great resources, somewhere you can go if you're not sure if yourself, or a loved one, if they fall in these categories.
Hopefully some of these just tips and just awareness, many of us kind of know, but it's nice to have reminder that we need to be having these conversations as any gender, any age can fall into an eating disorder.
The more we're open about it and the more we have healthy conversations about it, the more we can address them and get people back on track.