Eating disorders are psychological illnesses involving unhealthy eating thoughts and beliefs. They may be associated with depression, anxiety and alcohol use disorder. Major eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervous, binge eating disorder and ‘orthorexia’.
- Extreme dieting
- Drastic and sporadic shifts in eating patterns
- Becoming preoccupied with food
- Poor body image
- Intense exercising
Genetics play a significant role in whether or not a person develops an eating disorder. People with family members who suffer from disordered eating are at greater risk of developing eating disorders. For example, according to the American Journal of Psychiatry, female relatives of individuals with anorexia are 11 times more likely to develop the disorder.
How Parents and Caregivers Can Mitigate Risk Factors
What to Do When You Suspect an Eating Disorder
If you suspect that your child has an eating disorder, don’t wait. Eating disorders are challenging but treatable, and Private Space Medical can help guide your child through the process of treatment and recovery.