An eating disorder is a very complex illness to treat and it is well documented that early intervention is paramount to a person's recovery.
Whilst there are diagnostic criteria for both Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa (see mental health link below) there may be times that the symptoms of each illness cross over and a person shows the characteristics of both illnesses.
Because there are no specific diagnostic criteria for this illness when someone displays signs and symptoms of both anorexia and bulimia it is grouped into a sub group called Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).
SEED have produced documents to explain this fully and information re-identifying signs and symptoms
referring to the leaflets identification checklist we list different signs and symptoms for both Anorexia and Bulimia. There is a common theme with all eating disorders and that is it is linked closely with low self esteem and low self worth. People will evaluate themselves through body weight and shape and this then becomes a control issue.
If someone is matching 3 or more areas within the signs of Bulimia or signs of Anorexia pages, there may be cause for concerns and we would recommend that they speak to someone: a family member, a school teacher, a work colleague, family or friends. Without any doubt the individual should engage with their GP in order to make sure they keep safe and a referral is put in place for the mental health services.
If you are living in Hull and have a Hull GP, or live in East Riding and have a Hull GP, you are able to benefit from services provided by EVOLVE Hull Eating Disorder Day Service via the GP or self refer via the Single Point of Access via (01482) 671560.