Food plays a significant role in all our lives but for some, it goes beyond just nourishment and enjoyment. When food becomes an obsession, either avoiding it or binging, it can evolve into an eating disorder. While each type of disordered eating is different, there are some commonalities. Knowing the early signs of eating disorders can indicate that you or a loved one may need to seek help.
It is okay to like or even love food, but when your life revolves around it, this is a sign of an unhealthy relationship with food. The obsession may be hiding food or planning a secret binge for bulimic or binging individuals. For those with restrictive disordered eating, the obsession may be avoiding food or meals. When food is on your mind constantly in one way or another, it is a sign it’s controlling your life.
Extreme Weight Changes
Losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time should always be a concern. If you have been avoiding eating or purging after you eat, you know why you have suddenly lost weight. Quick weight loss is very unhealthy for the body, and it is an indicator that there may be an unhealthy mind relationship with food.
Sudden weight gain is also a sign of disordered eating. Binge eating can result in extreme weight gain that is unhealthy for the mind and body.
Dishonesty About Food
Whether you hide how much you do or do not eat, or actually hide food, dishonesty about food is a danger sign. If you find yourself telling lies about eating, it may be time to take a hard look at your relationship with food.
Emotions Surrounding Food
Do you feel anxiety when invited to dinner with friends or family? Do you feel guilty after eating a meal? When food triggers a negative emotional response, it may be the early signs of an eating disorder. The sooner you realize this unhealthy mindset, the quicker you can reshape your relationship with food and your body.
At Earth’s Edge Wellness, we offer a personalized approach to resolving disordered eating through our holistic and virtual programs. If you have the early signs of an eating disorder, contact us to begin your journey to a healthier mind and body.