There are also non-specific presentations of eating disorders and “sub-clinical” eating disorders, which might be a combination of several behaviors and/or where someone might have some but not all the symptoms of a diagnosis, or someone with some of the symptoms but not enough to meet the specific diagnostic criteria.

Your loved one might deny there is a problem or insist you are over-reacting. If you have any concerns and/or think your child or loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, do not hesitate to seek help. These are potentially life-threatening disorders, and are treatable.

For more information on eating disorders, support and/or treatment, I recommend exploring the following resources:

Eating Disorder Foundation
National Eating Disorder Association
Family-Based Treatment/Maudsley approach