Could Your Worker Have an Eating Disorder?

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​She complains of being “fat” when she appears too thin. He declines all lunch invitations and refuses to eat in front of others. She exercises excessively, looks fatigued, has frequent mood swings and blames inappropriate outbursts on being “tired.” Could your employee have an eating disorder? And if so, what can—or even, should—a manager or HR professional do about it? “It is impossible to tell if someone has an eating disorder simply by looking at them,” said Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), which notes that in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their lives. “As with many illnesses, eating disorders have serious health effects that, if untreated, may lead to lost productivity and long-term medical problems.” To Confront or Not? In a recent online discussion for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members, an H

Source:: SHRM Employee Relations


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