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A survey finds one in three adults could not name any signs of an eating disorder. The YouGov survey of 2,108 adults in the UK - to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week - also found 79% were unable to name psychological symptoms, such as low self-esteem or having a distorted perception of weight.
The eating disorder charity Beat says low awareness of the early signs of illnesses like anorexia and bulimia is linked to delayed treatment and increased risk of the illness becoming life-threatening.
The charity Beat says the main signs to watch out for are:
- becoming obsessive about food
- changes in behavior
- having distorted beliefs about their body size
- often tired or struggling to concentrate
- disappearing to the toilet after meals
- starting to exercise excessively
Read the full article on signs of eating disorders by Katherine Sellgren at BBC