Warning Signs of Eating Disorders

Article | March 2018

Warning Signs of Eating Disorders

When food becomes a problem

Have you ever wondered if you might have an eating disorder? Are you worried about a loved one? More than 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders.1 So it's a good idea to know the warning signs. Many of us sometimes think, feel, or behave in unusual ways when it comes to food. But if you notice certain symptoms, you might have an eating disorder.

Get help from a health professional if you:

  • Are afraid you won't be able to stop once you start eating
  • Abuse drugs or alcohol before binge eating
  • Make yourself vomit after meals
  • Constantly try low-calorie or crash diets
  • Exercise too much
  • Use body weight and thinness to measure self-worth
  • Think or talk about food constantly
  • Refuse to talk about food at all
  • Use food to cope with feelings of anger, loneliness, or rejection

If you think you or a loved one may have an eating disorder, get help. Ask your doctor or other health professional for information and treatment options.

1www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/

This material is provided by Cigna for informational/educational purposes only. It is not medical/clinical advice. Only a health care provider can make a diagnosis or recommend a treatment plan. For more information about your behavioral health benefits, you can call the member services or behavioral health telephone number listed on your health care ID card.