Eating disorder: Warning signs

  • Date : 22 Jan 2014

    It is important to know that it is very difficult to spot the warning signs of an eating disorder


    In many cases, the person undergoing it doesn't even realise that they have an eating disorder. In such situations, one must compare behavioural warning signs along with physical and psychological signs to determine the presence of an eating disorder. Although, all these signs may not be the same for every person, watch out for the following signs.

    Behavioural Signs

    Extreme dieting: skipping meals, fasting, replacing food with fluids etc

    Binge eating: excessive eating, overeating, hoarding food etc

    Self induced vomiting: frequent trips to the bathroom after every meal

    Laxative use or abuse

    Excessive exercising: refusing to stop exercising, exercising when injured etc

    Avoiding social situations that involve food

    Frequent excuses to avoid meals

    Throwing out food deceptively

    Physical signs

    Extreme weight loss

    Swollen jaw line or damaged teeth because of frequent vomiting

    Disturbed menstruation

    Constant fatigue

    Frequent dizziness spells

    Psychological signs

    Very conscious about your body shape and appearance

    Fear of weight gain

    Constant complaining about being fat when they are probably underweight

    Sensitivity to criticism about body appearance or eating habits

    Nervousness and anxiety during meal times

    Guilt or self-loathing after eating

    Social withdrawal