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Eating Disorder Awareness Week - Part 2

Warning signs of an eating disorder in someone else:

It can often be very difficult to identify that a loved one or friend has developed an eating disorder. Warning signs to look out for include: •dramatic weight loss •lying about how much and when they have eaten, or how much they weigh •eating a lot of food very fast •going to the bathroom a lot after eating, often returning looking flushed •excessively or obsessively exercising •avoiding eating with others •cutting food into small pieces or eating very slowly •wearing loose or baggy clothes to hide their weight loss

Treatment for eating disorders: You can recover from an eating disorder, but it may take time and recovery will be different for everyone. After being referred to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists, they'll be responsible for your care. They should talk to you about any other support you might need, such as for other mental or physical health conditions you have, and include this in your treatment plan. Treatment will be different depending on the type of eating disorder you have, but will usually involve some kind of talking therapy. You may also need regular health checks if your eating disorder is having an impact on your physical health. It may also involve working through a guided self-help programme if you have bulimia or binge eating disorder. Most people will be offered individual therapy, but those with binge eating disorder may be offered group therapy.

What causes eating disorders? We do not know exactly what causes eating disorders. You may be more likely to get an eating disorder if: •you or a member of your family has a history of eating disorders, depression, or alcohol or drug addiction •you have been criticised for your eating habits, body shape or weight •you're overly concerned with being slim, particularly if you also feel pressure from society or your job – for example, ballet dancers, jockeys, models or athletes •you have anxiety, low self-esteem, an obsessive personality or are a perfectionist •you have been sexually abused #eatingdisorderawarenessweek #livinghealthy #universalfitnesscentre #helpinghand source from : Healthy regard UFC team

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