Eating disorders come in a variety of types, from anorexia and bulimia (focused on losing or maintaining weight) to binge-eating or other behaviors that exhibit compulsive or uncontrollable feeding. These disorders can become very serious, putting the health and safety of anyone affected by one of them at risk.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder, consider contacting the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to help prevent or manage eating disorders:
- 1 Seek support – you don’t have to resolve eating disorders on your own.
- 2 Learn to listen to your body and accept yourself as you are.
- 3 Address underlying health problems or symptoms.
- 4 Identify potential “triggers” and avoid them when possible.
- 5 Journal your desires, feelings, thoughts, and actions on a daily basis.
- 6 Engage in activities that can help you take your mind off of eating.
- The NEDA Helpline is available for help with eating disorders: 1-800-931-2237.
- Potential triggers are known and avoided.
- A journal is available for daily entries.