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Does someone you know have a secret eating disorder? (David De Lossy/iStockphoto)
Does someone you know have a secret eating disorder? (David De Lossy/iStockphoto)

What to watch for: signs of an eating disorder Add to ...

Since people with eating disorders tend to be secretive about their illness, friends and family should watch for the warning signs:

•preoccupation with weight and calories, regardless of body size

•strict avoidance of "fattening" foods

•excessive exercising

•irritability, depression

•social withdrawal

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Here's how to support someone with an eating disorder:

•Let the person know you want to help

•Focus on the person's overall wellbeing, not their food intake eating or weight

•Be a friend, not a food cop

•Be patient and compassionate

•Learn about eating disorders and services in your area

Source: National Eating Disorders Information Centre

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