Recognize Disorder

Self-image

  • distorted body image
  • low self-esteem
  • feelings of worthlessness
  • perfectionist personality
  • mood swings
  • depression

General health

  • hair loss
  • dizziness and headaches
  • frequent sore throats and/or swollen glands
  • low blood pressure
  • loss of menstrual cycle
  • constipation of incontinence
  • fatigue
  • frequent complaints of feeling cold
  • insomnia or poor sleep

Other possible signs

  • inordinate amounts of exercise
  • dramatic weight loss in a short period of time
  • wearing baggy clothing
  • loss of sexual desire, or promiscuous relations

Possible eating behaviors

  • restricting calorie intake
  • binge eating
  • eating in secrecy
  • fear of eating with others
  • unusual food rituals
  • cutting food into tiny pieces
  • extreme preoccupation with food
  • obsession with calories and fat content of foods
  • visible food restriction and self- starvation
  • purging
  • shifting food around on the plate so it looks like it has been eaten
  • making sure the fork does not contact the lips during eating
  • chewing food and spitting it out, but not swallowing
  • dropping food into a napkin on the lap, or hiding it in strange places to avoid eating it, or to eat it at a later time
  • flushing uneaten food down the toilet
  • vague or secretive eating patterns
  • visiting web sites that promote unhealthy ways to lose weight
  • reading books about weight loss and eating