We are supporting EDAW which has been organised by Beat to try to raise awareness around the role of carers in recovery, the impact eating disorders can have on them, and the work that must be done to ensure they have the support they need to look out for both their loved one and themselves.
Beat have loads of useful resources and guides for family and friends of people struggling with an eating disorder, with information on what to do if you are worried about family, pupil or employee.
Today we are going to give some guidance on what some warning signs to look out for might be if you suspect someone you care about is struggling with an eating disorder:
Evidence of purging behaviours, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, signs and/or smells of vomiting, presence of wrappers or packages of laxatives or diuretics
Menstrual irregularities — missing periods or only having a period while on hormonal contraceptives (this is not considered a “true” period)
Drinks excessive amounts of water or non-caloric beverages
Feeling cold all the time
Withdraws from usual friends and activities
Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (a result of inducing vomiting)
Fear of eating in public or with others
Impaired immune functioning
Creates lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge sessions
Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
An inability to eat anything but a narrow group of foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ or ‘pure’
We have tried to list some signs that might not have been as well know, and we have tried to cover the different kinds of disordered eating, including:
For a more in depth look at all the different types of eating disorders Beat have a section on their website Click Here for more information.