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Signs & Symptoms

Recognize danger signs to help determine if you or a loved one could be at risk.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of eating disorders may be difficult. Not only is it difficult to admit it to oneself, understanding and taking the steps to seek treatment is a big step towards better health.


Body Image

Body Image is often a central issue for individuals with eating disorders. The body can be looked at as a canvas that the eating disordered individual paints their inner emotions on. Self worth is often entangled with physical appearance. Read More»

Body Obsession

Individuals suffering from eating disorders frequently have negative feelings about their body and are overly concerned about their body size and weight. It’s possible that they might hold specific beliefs and participate in certain behaviors that reinforce a negative body image. The following is a list of some of the symptoms and signs that someone might be struggling with body image issues.  Read More»

Compulsive or Excessive Exercising

Although exercise is an important part to a healthy lifestyle, it can become unhealthy when done in excess. Compulsive exercising can be a symptom of anorexia and bulimia. Individuals try to compensate for ingesting food or to accelerate weight loss. Read more»

Disordered Beliefs

Individuals with eating disorders often experience distorted beliefs directly resulting from their eating disorder. When people struggle with disorders like bulimia or anorexia, they tend to view their bodies inaccurately placing inordinate value on appearance. Some examples include thoughts such as, “If only I was thinner, then I would be happy” or “If I ate what I wanted to eat, I would become huge. Read More»

Eating Disorder Symptoms

Individuals suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge or compulsive overeating, may be unaware that they have a disorder or may have difficulty asking for help. Below are some "danger signs" to help determine if you, or a loved one, could be at risk for having an eating disorder. Read More»

Emotional Eating

Most people have done some sort of emotional eating in their lifetime. So, what causes it and how does one tell it is a sign of a larger problem? Read More»

Food Addiction

Identifying eating disorders can often be confusing. Food addiction is considered a compulsive eating disorder where a person frequently eats either too much or too little. Food addicts often have body image issues and an emotional relationship with their food. Are you a food addict? Emotional eating, fear of food, weight loss & weight gain, and substance abuse are all common issues with food addicts. Read More››

Holiday Stress

The holiday season for many in recovery from an eating disorder can be a difficult time. During the holidays food often becomes a central focus in our lives. During this time of year, family activities, social functions, and even work related activities often are centered on food. Read More»

Unhealthy Eating

For individuals suffering from eating disorders like Anorexia, Bulimia or Compulsive Overeating their relationship with food often takes the reverse path from healthy nourishment to unhealthy obsession. Food no longer is a way of fueling the body, but in eating disordered behavior becomes a way of dealing with other issues and feelings. Read More»

Vicious Cycles & Binge Eating

Compulsive overeaters binge to relieve depression and begin a destructive cycle. Binge eating episodes are followed by resolutions to stop bingeing and adhere to diets. These resolutions are eventually broken, filling the compulsive overeater with guilt and depression, leading them back to binge eating again. Read More»

Weight Management

Over 80% of individuals who develop an eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia or binge eating began their dysfunctional relationship with food through dieting. At Rader Programs we realize that there is so much more to an individual than just what they weigh. One of our main treatment goals is to help our clients realize this fact for themselves. Read More»