If you think you may have an eating disorder, it’s crucial to consult a qualified medical professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. However, if you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from eating disorders, and are considering consulting a medical professional, also consider these questions:
- Am I preoccupied with food, dieting, and body size?
- Do I engage in secretive eating behaviors?
- Have I lost or gained a significant amount of weight recently without a medical reason?
- Do I feel anxious or guilty about eating?
- Am I avoiding meals or social situations involving food?
- Do I feel compelled to exercise excessively?
- Have there been changes in my menstrual cycle (for those applicable)?
- Am I experiencing physical symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, or hair loss?
- Do I use food to cope with stress or emotional issues?
- Is my eating pattern affecting my social life, work, or physical health?
If you or a loved one identify with several of these questions, it may be a sign that you should seek professional advice.