Recognizing Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can affect individuals of any age, gender or ethnic background. While the potential warning signs may vary significantly, these are general signs for eating disorders:

  • Preoccupation with body shape and/or weight
  • Weight disturbances or unexplained weight changes (underweight, overweight or obese)
  • Hoarding high-calorie food
  • Obsession with diets, calories, food, or nutrition
  • Compulsive eating, binge eating, or inability to stop eating
  • Frequent rigorous dieting, regardless of body weight
  • Compulsively arranging food and/or cutting into tiny pieces
  • Eating alone or late night eating
  • Rigidity around food – eating only particular types of food and/or at certain times
  • Emotional overeating
  • Taking laxatives or diet pills or excessive exercising to prevent weight gain
  • Avoiding eating in public and social situations that involve food
  • Repeatedly going to the bathroom shortly after meals
  • Regular fasting

Qualified professionals at Lindner Center of HOPE have the experience and tools to identify eating disorders and possible co-occurring conditions. Often, patients are aware that they need help for an eating disorder, but do not realize that another mental disorder may be the root cause or may be exacerbating symptoms or behaviors.

The clinicians at Lindner Center of HOPE specialize in understanding co-occurring conditions. They use a combination of established protocols and current research to reveal underlying causes. These proven techniques help them truly understand the complex nature of co-occurring conditions, recommend the appropriate level of care, and create a tailored treatment plan.


Do you or someone you know suffer from an eating disorder? Screen yourself now.