Partial Syndrome is an eating disorder that hasn’t reached the full-blown stages. It is when someone shows some of the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa but not all of them. In other words, it is a “mini” case of anorexia nervosa rather than the full-blown problem. Partial syndrome isn’t as immediately dangerous as having anorexia nervosa at it’s worst, but it can pose a certain threat to the health and well-being of the person who is suffering from it.
Partial Syndrome can easily turn into full-blown eating disorders if it is not caught soon enough. Teenage girls have usually been the victim of such disorders because of a need that they are feeling inside of themselves. More and more boys are falling under the eating disorder problem as well and many of the people who suffer from this disorder are not even teenagers yet. That means that they will be more likely to hit full-blown anorexia by the time they hit their teen years. Eating disorders are hard to detect sometimes until it has gone beyond a stage that the person can be easily pulled away from the behavior. It is even harder to detect a partial syndrome because the signs aren’t nearly as prominent as those of the full blown disorder.
Partial Syndrome will not necessarily turn into a full-blown eating disorder. It can be reversed much more quickly if caught early on. People who develop partial disorder are those who may be searching for a way to lose weight quickly or to keep weight off for a certain event. There is nothing wrong with losing weight if you need to. There is nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle to include a healthy diet and exercise. It becomes a disorder when you become obsessed with the behavior so much so that you end up with a serious inability to return to normal behavior.
Eating disorders can cause serious and lifelong health issues. They can also kill the person who is afflicted with them. It is extremely urgent to recognize the signs of an eating disorder to help prevent it from becoming that serious. Though it is impossible to help someone who either doesn’t recognize there is a problem or who doesn’t want help, you can still help the person with the disorder by being an understanding person to talk to, by passing on the information that you have about the eating disorders and to take a non-judgmental stance with the person you think might be afflicted with it. You can’t control what someone else does or doesn’t do, but you can be an advocate to save the lives of the young people who are dying from this terrible disorder. You should also be aware of the things you say to an impressionably young person who might already have insecurities. When children have those types of insecurities, they are more vulnerable to eating disorders. Partial Syndrome is just the beginning of a much worse case of eating disorders.