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What is classified as an "Eating Disorder?"

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (2013), "feeding and eating disorders are characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or eating-related behavior that results in the altered consumption or absorption of food and that significantly impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning" (p. 329). Some of the most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder.

How do I know if I or someone I know may have an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening disorders that are characterized through physical and emotional symptoms. Eating disorders can manifest themselves in a multitude of different ways. Symptoms can vary for each person; however, the following are warning signs of the potential presence of an eating disorder:

  • Frequent episodes of consuming large quantities of food followed by compensatory behaviors to prevent weight gain (i.e. self-induced vomiting, compulsive exercise, etc.)
  • Inadequate food intake leading to weight that is signficantly low for age/body stature
  • Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight, persistent behavior to prevent weight gain
  • Self-esteem overly preoccupied with body image and weight gain
  • A distorted sense of reality in terms of realizing the severity of the eating disturbance (i.e. significant weight loss, health complications, etc.

What should I do if I or someone I know may have an Eating Disorder?

Counseling Services does not have a specialist in eating disorders on staff; therefore, we cannot provide comprehensive treatment for eating disorders. However, we partner with many treatment centers in the area. We encourage you to complete the free confidential screening assessments from specialized treatment centers below to ensure appropriate level and quality of care.


McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers


Please visit their website to complete a free confidential pre-admission assessment:

Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders

Please call 877-937-6869 for a free confidential screening assessment

Intake: 877-937-5927

Intake After Hours: 314-807-3065

National Eating Disorders Association

Books on Eating Disorders

  • The Beginner's Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery by Nancy J. Kolodny
  • The Courage To Be Yourself by Sue Patton Thoele
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