Eating Disorders - Signs & Symptoms

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Common Signs of Anorexia &/or Bulimia

  • Considerable weight loss in a short period of time
  • Obsession with counting calories & fat grams
  • Over-exercising, continuous exercising
  • Restricting food consumption, self-starvation
  • Perfectionistic tendencies
  • Obsession or pre-occupied with weight, size, food or cooking
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during or following meals
  • Bingeing and/or purging
  • Dental problems, erosion of tooth enamel
  • Bloodshot eyes, dark circles beneath eyes
  • Secretive eating patterns
  • Using laxatives, diet pills, enemas or ipecac syrup
  • Headaches, dizziness, swollen glands, hair loss, sore throats
  • Complaining about being "too fat"
  • Food rituals such as moving food around plate, cutting into small pieces etc.
  • Frequently cold, cold hands & feet
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Mood swings, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia

Common Signs of Compulsive Overeating &/or Binge Eating

  • Chronic dieting, constantly changing diets
  • Self-depreciating statements after eating
  • Weight gain
  • Hiding food, secretive eating, isolating, fear or eating around others
  • Shortness of breath, excessive sweating
  • Decreased mobility, little or no exercise
  • Blames weight for personal, professional or social failure
  • High blood pressure &/or high cholesterol
  • Mood swings, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia
  • Back pain, leg and joint pain

If you are experiencing several signs and symptoms you may have an eating disorder. Help is available. And consult with a medical professional.


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