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Eating Disorders

Signs of an Eating Disorder

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 The following may be indicators of an eating disorder: 

  • Excessive weight loss or concern about weight
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, and dieting Adolecent Medicine Signs of an Eating Disorder and list of indicators of an Eating Disorder- Image of distressed girl
  • Dissatisfaction with body
  • Ritualistic or obsessive eating behavior, food rituals
    (i.e. cutting food into extremely small bites, excessive chewing)
  • Frequent comments about feeling “fat” despite weight loss
  • Anxiety about gaining weight or being “fat”
  • Consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Disappearance of large quantities of food in short periods of time
  • Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom immediately after eating, use of diuretics or laxatives
  • Refusing to eat in public
  • Excessive exercising, the need to burn off calories taken in
  • Fainting
  • Irregular or cessation in menstrual periods
  • Low heart rate or blood pressure
  • Low body temperature
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities



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