Eating disorders are deadly diseases that impact psychosocial functioning and quality of life. Unfortunately, eating disorders are prevalent in patients seeking obesity treatment. One study indicated that as many as 49 percent of patients seeking bariatric surgery have binge eating disorders.

Quantifying the extent of this problem is challenging.  If left untreated, patients with eating disorders prior to surgery are likely to have symptoms after surgery.

There is good news though, we have the potential to better define criteria for eating disorders, provide thorough screenings for patients seeking obesity treatment, and recognize problematic eating behaviors in postbariatric surgery patients.  Another great reason to reach out to a specialist to help you define where you stand personally.

6 Types of Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Rumination Disorder
  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder

Risk factors for eating disorders and obesity are oftentimes similar—both are associated with trauma history and adverse childhood experiences. Extra weight can be both a cause and the result of an eating disorder. Eating disorders have a genetic association that can run in families as well.

Here are 11 questions you can ask yourself to help define if you’re dealing with an eating disorder or obesity…

  • Do you ever feel out of control with your eating?
  • Do you feel that you eat until you are overfull?
  • Do you eat for prolonged periods—over several hours?
  • Are you eating in secret?
  • Tell me about your rules around eating/certain foods (e.g., I can eat ice cream if I eat celery for lunch).
  • Are you engaging in harmful behaviors to lose weight?
  • Are you using laxatives or diuretics? How are you taking them?
  • Do you go more than eight waking hours without eating?
  • Do you spend an excessive amount of time worrying about your weight, shape, or food?
  • Are you able to meet your nutrition goals? Are you missing or skipping meals?
  • How often are you vomiting? Do you ever intentionally vomit?

If answering these questions with a bariatric surgeon is something you’re ready for, we’re ready to help! Don’t wait another minute to reach out. We’re here to guide you through this process intentionally.

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