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Anorexia & Eating Disorders Can Be Disabling

Recently, the SSA has added eating disorders to their disability criteria in the listed impairments.  If you have an eating disorder that impacts you physical or mentally, it is possible that you could be granted disability benefits.  For example, if you have Anorexia and due to that you have difficulty with your memory, interacting with others, and concentrating, you may be unable to work.  Objective medical evidence that would need to be presented to the SSA about this impairment includes psychological records and records regarding your weight over a 12 month period.  Below please find the criteria for eating disorders that the SSA considers.

12.13 Eating disorders (see 12.00B10), satisfied by A and B:

  1. Medical documentation of a persistent alteration in eating or eating-related behavior that results in a change in consumption or absorption of food and that significantly impairs physical or psychological health.


  1. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
    1. Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
    2. Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
    4. Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).
If you feel you cannot work due to a disabling eating disorder, contact our office for help. Call Cannon Disability Law at 801-322-2121 and see if you qualify for disability benefits.  We will answer your questions for free with no obligation for you to become our client.
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