Be alert to warning signs of an eating disorder

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) provides sound advice on how to spot the warning signs of an eating disorder in this article for the Ottawa Community News.

By Orleans News
November 14, 2013

COMMUNITY - Everyday desires to look good and be in shape can slip into problem thoughts and behaviours. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Excessive concern about weight, shape and calories.
  • Over-exercise and guilt if exercise regime is not kept.
  • Guilt, shame or secrecy about eating.
  • Strict avoidance of certain foods, particularly those considered fattening.
  • Feeling fat regardless of body-size.
  • Weight, shape and food control determining how a person feels about their worth.

How you can help:

  • Learn as much as possible about eating disorders - the more you know, the more you can help someone.
  • Let the person know that you are concerned and are there to help them.
  • Focus on the person's overall well-being, not food and their weight.
  • Find out what services are available in your area by calling the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.
  • Be patient and compassionate. Overcoming food and weight issues takes time and courage.