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Dr. Andrea Thomas discusses warning signs of eating disorders

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While eating disorders are becoming more prevalent, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans, they can be somewhat difficult to detect before they become a serious problem.

Dr. Andrea Thomas, a psychiatrist with Grayson and Associates, stopped by to discuss some warning signs of eating disorders.

Those with disordered eating habits are often perfectionists or overachievers, she said, who overvalue physical appearance. They also experience body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness.

Those suffering from anorexia may experience extreme weight loss, fatigue or dizziness. Often times, they avoid social eating, and they may experience changes in eating habits, including a new, excessive interest in healthy food options.

People suffering from bulimia may hoard food, go to the restroom after meals or take on increased, harsh exercise. They may also hoard food, and you may notice large amounts of food missing.

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