Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

How to Know if Your Teen Is Hiding an Eating Disorder

One of the hallmarks of eating disorders—an extreme, unhealthy obsession with food or weight—is secrecy. If your teen is suffering from an eating disorder, they are likely experiencing a great deal of shame and guilt around their actions, which causes them to hide their issue.

The three most common eating disorders—bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating disorder—have a variety of symptoms that may overlap each other. Also, it is possible your teen may be suffering from more than just one eating disorder—bulimia and binge-eating disorder often go hand-in-hand, for instance.

In order to make sure your teen is healthy, it is important to monitor specific actions and habits they have—some of which are more obvious than others. Read on to learn 4 key tips to recognizing a potential eating disorder in your teen.

1. Visiting the Restroom Soon After Eating

If your teen is sneaking off to the bathroom soon after snacks or meals or on a frequent basis, it is a possible red flag of bulimia—an eating disorder where the sufferer purges their food through forced vomiting or use of laxatives. Watch closely for evidence of diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives, even if it means sorting through the trash for wrappers.

2. Odd Food Habits

If your teen insists on chewing food a certain number of times, pushes their food back and forth across their plate rather than eating it, or adopts any other odd habits surrounding food, it may be indicative of a greater problem such as anorexia—an eating disorder where the sufferer’s obsession with being thin leads to a restriction of calories.

3. Hidden Food

If you find hidden food stashes, this may be cause for alarm. Keeping food secret may signal a potential eating disorder such as bulimia or binge eating—a disorder where the sufferer consumes large quantities of food in one sitting on a frequent basis.

4. Alarming Weight Loss

Weight loss that occurs rapidly or causes your teen to dip below a healthy weight is a warning sign to take seriously. Rapid, unhealthy weight loss can indicate a number of eating disorders.

All in all, being knowledgeable about the warnings signs of an eating disorder in your teen is crucial in helping to ensure their health. If you notice one or more of these signs, consider talking with your teen or a professional at a place like Center for Change in order to receive prompt help. These disorders are real mental issues that need addressed.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

Find Us on Social Media

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: Error validating access token: Session has expired on Saturday, 09-Feb-19 10:16:27 PST. The current time is Sunday, 24-Mar-19 02:28:39 PDT.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 190
Subcode: 463
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

IFCS On Twitter

This is certainly innovative. We can't wait to hear more about this tech and see if it can really help families in need. #dogood #charity #colorado

https://t.co/EHqYzlHzIF

We have fresh milk! Please stop in and get some for you and your family.

Please be advised, IFCS will be closed today, Wednesday, March 11, 2019 due to weather. We will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2019. #dogood #HungerFreeCO

https://t.co/VY3K0mdaH0

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations

 

 

IFCS

Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)