Eating disorders are often seen in people who suffer from a general lack of self confidence. With this article, you will be able to explore the signs & symptoms of common eating disorders.

Symptoms Of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, as the very name suggests, means either not eating food or eating it such a way that has adverse effects on the physical as well as the mental health of a person. The disorder become so excessive that it soon starts interfering with the daily routine of a person, be it in school, at college, on the workplace, and so on. The people suffering from eating disorders often have a very low opinion of themselves and suffer from a general lack of self confidence. In the following lines, we have listed the symptoms of eating disorders, to help you recognize them at an early stage itself, before the situation goes out of hand.
Signs & Symptoms Of Common Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa 
  • Dramatic weight loss in a relatively short period of time
  • Wearing big or baggy clothes or dressing in layers, to hide body shape and/or weight loss
  • Obsession with weight and complaining of being overweight
  • Obsession with calories and fat content of foods
  • Obsession with continuous exercise
  • Visible food restriction and self-starvation
  • Use or hiding use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup or enemas
  • Fear of eating around and/or with others
  • Hiding food in places like closets, cabinets or suitcases, to avoid eating it
  • Flushing uneaten food down the toilet
  • Vague or secretive eating patterns.
  • Keeping a "food diary"
  • Pre-occupied thoughts of food and weight
  • Visiting websites that promote unhealthy ways to lose weight
  • Reading books about weight loss and eating disorders
  • Hair loss
  • Pale or "grey" appearance to the skin
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling worthless
  • Need for acceptance and approval from others
  • Complaints of often feeling cold.
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Constipation or incontinence
  • Perfectionist personality
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia or poor sleeping habits 
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom immediately after meals (at times accompanied with water running in the bathroom for a long period of time - to hide the sound of vomiting).
  • Visible bingeing and/or purging
  • Hiding food in places like closets, cabinets or suitcases, to eat it later
  • Maintaining a list that consists of food and/or behaviors, like purging, restricting, calories consumed, exercise, etc
  • Self-defeating statements after food consumption
  • Frequent soar throats and/or swollen glands
  • Abnormal bowel functioning
  • Damaged teeth and gums
  • Swollen salivary glands in the cheeks
  • Sores in the throat and mouth
  • Bloating
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
  • Menstrual irregularities or loss of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • Feeling that they can't control your eating behavior
  • Eating until the point of discomfort or pain
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Laxative use
  • Excessive exercise
  • Unhealthy focus on body shape and weight
  • Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
  • Depression or anxiety 
Binge Eating 
  • Fear of not being able to control eating
  • While eating, not being able to stop
  • Chronic dieting on a variety of popular diet plans
  • Eating much more food during a binge episode than during a normal meal or snack
  • Eating faster during binge episodes
  • Feeling that the eating behavior is out of control
  • Frequent dieting without weight loss
  • Frequently eating alone
  • Hoarding food
  • Hiding empty food containers
  • Feeling depressed, disgusted or upset over the amount eaten
  • Holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight
  • Vague or secretive eating patterns
  • Self-defeating statements after food consumption
  • Blaming weight for failure in social and professional community
  • Holding the belief that food is their only friend
  • Frequently out of breath after relatively light activities
  • Excessive sweating and shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure and/or cholesterol
  • Leg and joint pain
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased mobility due to weight gain
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Poor sleeping habits

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