Eating Disorders and Body Dismorphia No matter how much I work out I will never be muscular enough I am often make myself sick after eating Even though I am extremely hungry I eat hardly anything. In serious cases I might have to be drip fed. I want to lose weight but can’t control my hunger so I binge eat in secret. I am always looking in the mirror to check for imperfections in my body definition. It is difficult for others to tell that I have a problem, because my weight might not change I overexercise to burn off calories I have a terrible fear of getting fat. I have lost over 15% of my body weight but still think I look fat I am tempted to use steroids to boost my muscle capacity Next to the speech bubbles write whether you think it describes someone with Anorexia, Bulimia or ‘Bigorexia’ (muscle dismorphia) Princess Diana suffered from Bulimia; many models feel pressure to be skinny; Elvis Presley was a compulsive eater; Mary Kate Olsen suffered from Anorexia; body pressures cause some men to suffer from Bigorexia (muscle dismorphia - although 10% of anorexics are male) The following are potential signs of an eating disorder: 1. Are your eating habits different from those of your family and friends? 2. Do you prefer to eat alone or where no one can see you? 3. Do you make excuses, such as saying that you’ve already eaten or that you’re not hungry, so you will not have to eat with family or friends? 4. Do you lie about how much you’ve eaten? 5. Are there times when you eat uncontrollably? 6. Do you ever make yourself vomit after eating? 7. Do you ever use laxatives or diuretics to avoid gaining weight? 8. Do you feel angry or annoyed when others encourage you to eat more? 9. Do you enjoy cooking gourmet meals or high-calorie foods for others that you will not eat yourself? 10. Do you feel fat even though others tell you that you are thin? 11. Do you spend a lot of time reading books or magazines about dieting, exercising, fitness, and counting calories? 12. Do you panic if you get on the scale and find out you’ve gained weight? 13. Do you have an overwhelming fear of gaining weight? 14. Are you obsessed with your weight and/or appearance? 15. Are you only satisfied if you are thinner than all your friends? 16. Do you have low self-esteem (do you generally feel good about yourself)? 17. Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? 18. (For females only) Has your menstrual period stopped, or do you have irregular periods for no known medical reason? If you’ve answered yes to two or more questions on this eating disorder quiz, you may have an eating disorder. Or, you may not beat Helpline actually have anorexia or bulimia, but you may have what is known as pathological eating. That means that you have some symptoms of an eating disorder even though you don’t meet the full criteria for the disorder. Physical symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa Severe weight loss Difficulty sleeping and tiredness Dizziness Stomach pains Constipation Feeling cold Growth of downy (soft and fine) hair all over your body (girls) Your Periods stop or don’t start Your hair falls out Physical symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa Sore throat Bad breath and mouth infections Stomach pains (girls) Irregular periods Dry or poor skin Difficulty sleeping Constipation Puffy cheeks Dehydration Fainting Kidney and bowel problems. Discuss: Why does an anorexic’s hair fall out but grow on other parts of the body? Why do Bulimics and Anorexics suffer from bad breath and potentially have problems with their teeth? Why are girls’ periods affected?