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Chapter 8-D: Eating Disorders


Related Topics: Counseling: Individual, Group and Family | Support Groups


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Facts About Eating Disorders


Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, are serious health problems. They can cause long-term damage to your body and 10 percent of people with eating disorders die. Treatment is available, but early treatment is critical to your chances of recovery. Some of the symptoms are:

Anorexia Nervosa:

  • Refusal to eat normally or at all.

  • Preoccupation with food and calorie counting.

  • Constantly checking weight.

  • Frequent strenuous exercise.

  • Loss of 25 percent of normal body weight.

  • Excessive concern for others' eating and an obsession with preparing food for them.

  • Coarse, dry skin and hair loss.

  • Hoarding and hiding food.

  • Tendency to be highly self critical.

  • Cessation of menstruation.



  • Buying and eating large amounts of food.

  • Excessive use of laxatives and diuretics.

  • Frequent vomiting.

  • Sudden onset of tooth decay (caused by stomach acid eroding tooth enamel).

  • Secretive behavior.

  • Puffiness in the face.

  • Fatigue and depression.

  • Red knuckles from self-induced vomiting.

  • Unexplained disappearance of large amounts of food, usually carbohydrates.




Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
Physicians Pavilion North, Suite 300
6535 North Charles Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Offers comprehensive, individualized care for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating. This includes inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient services, as well as ongoing outpatient treatment. Offers free weekly support groups to help bring people together in a safe and supportive space to ask questions, trade motivation, and share hopes for recovery.


Eating Disorder Network of Maryland (EDN Maryland )
744 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 9
Towson, Maryland 21204
Get objective educational information about resources available and treatment providers who specialize in working with this population throughout the state of Maryland and nationally. Information available about support groups for individuals with eating disorders and their families and friends.


Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street, Meyer 101
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
For Outpatient and Consultation services: 410-955-3863
Provides comprehensive evaluations, treatment planning, and ongoing care for patients with eating disorders. Consult your doctor, therapist, or counselor and request a referral to the Eating Disorders Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital or contact the program directly.


Overeaters Anonymous
P.O. Box 20013
Baltimore, Maryland 21284
410-764-3136 (Answering Machine)
Fellowship of compulsive eaters who are striving to overcome problem.


Revised: March 4, 2013