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The Bookshelf → Eating Disorders Warning Signs

Preview Points

  • It will help to know what the warning signs are of eating disorders.
  • This addresses the warning signs for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.



  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories and dieting
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food
  • Frequent comments about feeling “fat”
  • Anxiety about weight gain or being “fat”
  • Denial of hunger
  • Development of food rituals
  • Consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimens—despite weather, fatigue, illness or injury
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities


  • Evidence of binge eating, including the disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time
  • Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, signs or smells of vomiting, and the presence of laxatives
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • Unusual swelling of cheeks or jaw area
  • Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self-induced vomiting
  • Discoloration or staining of the teeth
  • Creation of lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge and purge sessions
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities

Concluding Points

  • People may see signs of potential disordered eating in others by paying close attention to physical signs.
  • There are some mental attitudes that may be linked to disordered eating as well.

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Katic has no avatar

Katic says:

I believe everyone needs to be aware of and able to recognize warning signs of an eating disorder. 1 in 4 college age girls deals with an eating disorder. Basically, you are around individuals everyday that are struggling with these disorders.

Posted on Apr 03, 2009

Tallie has no avatar

Tallie says:

Another good gives information on basic nutrition information.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011

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