If you are worried that you might have an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, here are some key questions to consider:
Are you underweight, or does your weight frequently shift due to repeated attempts to drop pounds?
Do you regularly restrict your food intake by amount or variety?
Do you eat large amounts of food while feeling out of control?
Do you try to "make up for" calories consumed (e.g., vomiting, laxatives, diuretics)?
Does negative body image interfere with living your life to the fullest?
Note that you don't need to experience all of these symptoms in order to truly struggle with disordered eating. Just one or two can diminish your self-esteem and quality of life. The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) is a free and confidential questionnaire that you can take online to get immediate feedback about your eating and weight concerns.
Eating disorders are treatable illnesses, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Here are some videos I have created to provide further information about evidence-based treatment options:
What are the treatment options for individuals with eating disorders? [VIDEO]
What are some of the tools and techniques of cognitive behavior therapy for eating disorders? [VIDEO]
Can people fully recover from eating disorders? [VIDEO]
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