Eating disorders can affect men and women of all ages. It can develop at any time, although most usually during adolescence or early adulthood. There are number of different and distinct types of eating disorder. Disordered eating can be worse at times of distress and sometimes is used in some way as a form of coping. You might be asking yourself – Do I have an eating disorder?
Test: Do I have an Eating Disorder?
Reviewing the below questions may help you identify if you have a concerning issue with food and eating.
- I am concerned about my weight, body shape or my body size.
- I have an intense fear of gaining weight or body fat.
- After I eat, I can feel guilty or disgusted with myself.
- I have made myself vomit after eating or overcompensated with exercise or laxative use.
- I wear baggy clothes or styles to help hide my body shape or that covers my tummy.
- I use laxatives or diuretics to help control my weight.
- I hide what I eat and eat in secret.
- My periods are irregular or non-existent.
- I don’t feel comfortable eating in front of other people.
- I restrict myself from eating certain foods or from eating at certain times for fear of gaining weight or fat.
- Sometimes I lose control when I eat.
- I monitor calories, fat content or carbohydrates in foods.
If you agree with four or more of these statements you have a likelihood of having or developing an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a serious psychological disorder with potentially fatal health consequences. By seeking help and treatment you will make the first important step towards more healthy life both mentally and physically.