Do I have an eating disorder?

Because of the emphasis on health and fitness, and the ideal standards for appearance frequently seen in the media, many of us are looking for ways to lose weight. While there is nothing wrong with attempting to make healthy choices, sometimes diets and exercise can go too far. If you’re worried about a friend's eating habits, or think that your once healthy routine has become, or is becoming dangerous, you might have reason to be concerned. Below are potential warning signs that an individual may be suffering from an eating disorder:

  • difficulty concentrating
  • preoccupation with weight loss to the point that it becomes more important than other activities and takes time away from schoolwork or relationships
  •  weakness, dizziness, chronic fatigue, and frequent injury or illness
  • difficulty stopping thinking about weight, body size, eating or exercise
  • disproportionate anixety when eating or exercise routines aren't followed
  • shame or guilt about body shape, eating, or exercise
  • emotions that are affected by eating and calories
  • general increase in irritability, anxiety, or depression
  • secrecy surrounding eating and exercise behaviors

If any of this sounds familiar, we strongly recommend that you contact Student Counseling Service at 773-702-9800. Sharing your concerns with a trained professional who can give you an objective opinion in a confidential environment is the only way to determine if the behavior has become problematic and what to do about it.

Information adapted from Brown University’s eating concerns page.