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Eating disorders fall under SSA’s Blue Book of listed medical conditions.  Therefore, if you have an eating disorder that impacts you physically or mentally, then it is possible that you could win SSDI or SSI benefits. However, your eating disorder must prevent you from working for over one year.

For example, if you have Anorexia, then you may have problems with your memory or getting along with others. If you can’t concentrate or remember instructions, then you will make mistakes at work. Likewise, if you can’t get along with other workers or the public, then you might be fired. All of the symptoms of an eating disorder could make you unable to work.

However, you must have medical evidence to present to the SSA about your condition. In the case of eating disorders, this evidence should be from your treating doctor. For example, you may have evidence from your psychologist that would help. Likewise, you may have records from a mental health counselor. These records would document anxiety. Or, they may document other mental issues. Additionally, your primary care doctor should record your weight over a 12 month period.


If you have anorexia or bulimia, the same advice applies. The most important thing you can do for yourself is seek treatment. You will need a record of any times you were in the hospital for the disorder. You will also need record of any visit to your doctor.  Also, get the records if you have treatment from a clinic or a hospital stay.

The SSA will ask you to provide the names and addresses of your treating doctors. Additionally, you will need to provide a list of your medications. It is possible that your eating disorder is a life long problem. Therefore, it is smart to start getting copies of your medical records now. Because you will want to submit all of it to the SSA.

It is also important for you to understand how the SSA will evaluate your medical condition. They will use their listings. The listing is a “list” of the medical conditions that the SSA considers to be disabling. Most physical and mental conditions are part of the SSA listing. Below please find the criteria for eating disorders.


Anorexia is a serious eating disorder. People with anorexia have very low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight. They may also have a distorted perception of their weight or the way they look. People with anorexia limit their calories in order to control their weight and shape.

When you have anorexia, you excessively limit the food you eat every day. Or, you use other methods to lose weight. For example, you may exercise too much. Likewise, you may use laxatives, diet aids, or vomit after eating. Efforts to reduce your weight can cause severe health problems. Some people with anorexia die from starvation.


Bulimia can be an eating disorder that threatens your life. When you have bulimia, you binge and purge the food that you eat. Many people with bulimia also restrict their eating during the day. This can lead to a cycle of more binge eating and purging.

During these binge eating and purging episodes, you eat a large amount of food in a short time, and then try to rid yourself of the extra calories by vomiting. Because of the intense fear of gaining weight, a person with bulimia may force themselves to vomit. Or, they may exercise too much to burn calories.


In the 2013 version of the DSM, a new diagnosis appeared — atypical anorexia nervosa. The reason for the new term was that doctors noticed more patients showing up for treatment with all the symptoms of anorexia nervosa except one: a very low weight. Those with atypical anorexia, suffer the same mental and physical symptoms as people with anorexia nervosa. These people even had life threatening heart issues and electrolyte imbalances.

People with atypical anorexia restrict calories. They also obsess about food, eating, and their body image. They often skip meals, eat in secret, and adhere to rules about what foods they allow themselves to consume. Also, they create unusual habits like chewing and spitting out food. Others exercise to the point of exhaustion. Some people abuse laxatives or purge their meals. But unlike those with anorexia nervosa, people with atypical anorexia can lose significant amounts of weight but still have a medium or large body size. Others hardly lose any weight at all. To the outside world, they appear “overweight.”

The New York Magazine states that starting in the last 10 years, the number of people seeking treatment for the disorder rose sharply. Whether more people are developing atypical anorexia or seeking treatment is unknown. However, this group now makes up to half of all patients who are in eating disorder programs.

Studies suggest that the same number of people, even as many as three times as many, will develop atypical anorexia or traditional anorexia during their lifetime. One high estimate suggests that as much as 4.9 percent of the female population will have the disorder. The number is lower for boys. For men, it is likely even lower, though little research exists. The number jumps to as high as 7.5 percent, for nonbinary people.


Eating patterns that may show eating disorders or even unhealthy eating behavior are listed below. Teenagers are more susceptible to peer pressure and that may trigger an eating disorder. Eating disorder patterns may include:

  • Skipping meals or making excuses for not eating
  • Adopting an overly restrictive diet
  • Making own meals rather than eating what the family eats
  • Persistent worry or complaining about being fat and talk of losing weight
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for flaws in your body
  • Repeatedly eating large amounts of sweets or high fat foods
  • Use of diet pills for weight loss
  • Excessive exercise
  • Problems with loss of tooth enamel that may be a sign of repeated vomiting
  • Leaving during meals to use the toilet
  • Expressing disgust or shame about eating habits
  • Eating in secret at odd hours

If you have any of these behaviors, then you may need treatment for an eating disorder.


In order to qualify for SSD & SSI benefits, you must have all of the criteria below. If you have all of the elements of the listing, then you meet the SSA’s listing. Likewise, if you have all of the elements of the listing and you have other physical or mental conditions, you may equal the listing.

12.13 Eating disorders, satisfied by A and B:

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


2. Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental function:

    1. Understand, remember, or apply information.
    2. Interact with others.
    3. Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace.
    4. Adapt or manage oneself.

The trouble in meeting the listing occurs when you need to prove the Part B criteria. You can learn more here about how to prove the Part B criteria. Having a marked limitation in two areas or an extreme limitation in one area must be shown with your medical records. You will need your treating doctor to document the elements of the listing.

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If you feel you cannot work due to eating disorders, then call our office for help. Contact our SSD law firm. We can often tell you over the phone whether or not you qualify for benefits. If you have worked consistently, then you may be eligible for SSD benefits. If you do not have a work history, then you may still be eligible for SSI benefits. You can apply for SSD and SSI benefits online at Social Security’s website.

If you are searching for the best attorney for your SSD case, then you are in the right place. We serve clients in Utah, Nevada and Idaho. Learn more about Nevada mental SSD benefit information. We also have clients in California. Learn about California SSD benefit information. We also have clients in Washington, Arizona, and Oregon. Also, you can read about Colorado SSD benefit information.

Wherever you live, we can come to you. If the SSA schedules a hearing for you, it will be near your home. So, we will travel to where you live to assist you. Also, we will answer your questions for free over the phone. If you call us, there is no obligation for you to become our client. We do want to be your legal team.


One thing you should know is it doesn’t cost anything to call us. We offer a free review of your case. It also doesn’t cost you any upfront money to hire us. Why? Because you only pay us an attorney fee if we win your case. This means if we win, then you pay an attorney fee out of your past due benefits.

If you do not win, then there is no attorney fee to pay. If there are costs in your case, such as paying for a copy of medical records, then you pay that cost. However, the cost in most cases is less than $100. If you lose your case, then you will not pay an attorney fee. But, you will still pay the costs of getting your records.

If you have questions about attorney fees, then call us. Additionally, if you have worries about paying for the costs of your claim, let’s talk about it. We believe we will be able to answer your questions. And, we hope to put your worries to rest.


If you or a loved one is suffering from eating disorders, then you may be wondering whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve your claim for SSD and SSI benefits. If so, call our law firm. We are the only law firm helping SSD and SSI clients in Utah and Nevada with over 30 years of experience. For example, we are rated in the top three SSD lawyers in the state of Utah.

We also help clients in many other states. For example, we have clients in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are also rated in the top three SSD lawyers in the state of Nevada. Find out more about our Nevada legal experience. We also have clients in Idaho, Colorado, and California.

Over the past few decades, we have won over 100 million dollars in ongoing and past due benefits  for our clients. You can benefit from our experience. We’ll help you get your SSDI benefit and fight for the benefits the SSA owes you under the law.

If you want to learn more about our lawyers and staff, then read our About Us page. For instance, Andria Summers has over 21 years experience helping our clients. She can also help you with your Medicare plan. She has also won thousands of SSD cases. Dianna Cannon has been helping SSD and SSI clients for over thirty years. Brett Bunkall also has years of experience helping people obtain their benefits. Together, we have won over 20,000 SSD claims. We are experts. You can trust us to help you win your SSD and SSI benefits for eating disorders. Contact us today.


Dealing with a severe physical and mental condition and not being able to work is a huge transition in your life. You do not need more worries. Our goal as your legal team is to make things easier for you. We will take care of your SSDI and SSI case for you.

Dealing with an eating disorder is hard. You need to seek treatment. Finding a good doctor can be hard to do. On this website we have a list of free and low cost health care options that can help you. It is important to have a relationship with your treating doctor. Also, make sure you follow the treatment plan from your doctor.

Your time needs to be spent on feeling better. Let us help you with your SSD claim. We have the legal experience you need to win your case. Give us a call. We can help you today. Or, contact us on this website. Every day you wait, is a day without the benefits you need. Reach out for help if you have eating disorders.

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