Here is some information about eating disorders. 10 million women suffer from an eating disorder and 1 million men and these numbers are growing at an alarming weight. There is hope, but it won't go away on its own. If you or a family member has an eating disorder I encourage you to seek help.
Taken from the article "Eating Disorders: A Deadly State of Mind" by Janet Thomas
Do You Have an Eating Disorder?
If you agree with two or more of these statements, you may have a strong tendency toward eating disorders. Get help now!
1. I try to be thinner than all my friends.
2. I panic if I gain two pounds.
3. I use laxatives for weight control.
4. I go for long periods without eating much as a way to lose weight.
5. My friends tell me I am thin, but I don’t believe them because I feel fat.
6. I like to eat alone. I make excuses so I don’t have to eat with my family.
7. I sometimes eat huge amounts of food and then make myself vomit.
8. I enjoy making treats for others as long as I don’t have to eat any.
9. The thing I fear most is becoming fat.
10. I get upset if I can’t exercise as much as planned.
11. My family makes me angry when they keep pushing food at me.
12. I tend to be a perfectionist.
Red Flags of Anorexia or Bulimia
—Preoccupied with physical appearance.
—Skips meals or tries to avoid meals.
—Disappears after a meal and heads to the bathroom.
—Sensitive to criticism.
—Likes to cook for others, but won’t eat with them.
—Takes lots of laxatives or diet pills.
—Thinks there is a magical diet that will change everything.
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