Signs of an Eating Disorder

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There is never one sure sign that someone you care about is struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are complicated, so it is important to know what to look for. Physical symptoms of significant weight loss or gain, compulsive exercising, and vomiting are strong evidence but are not the only indicators. Below are other possible signs that may indicate they are struggling and are in need of support.sad6

  • Constant thoughts about his/her weight
  • Enjoys cooking for others, but not for themselves
  • Frequent weighing of self
  • Weight determines their mood for the day
  • Avoids eating with family and friends
  • Feels guilty after eating
  • Frequently compares their body to others
  • Preoccupation with the eating behaviors of others
  • Eating to relieve stress or depression
  • Constant concerns about being fat
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased isolation
  • Frequent participation in diet fads
  • Eats the same rigid foods all the time
  • Declines social engagements because they must work out
  • Quick exit after meals
  • Laxative/diuretic abuse

If the person you are concerned about is struggling with one more of these signs, I suggest you continue to educate yourself by watching the videos on this site or visiting some of the national eating disorder sites for more information on how to address your concerns and the resources of support available in your area.