Eating Disorders What Are the Signs That You Might Be Suffering?

What Are the Signs That You Might Be Suffering?.

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are becoming more common. Eating disorders primarily affect adolescent girls and young women, but men and older women can also suffer from them.

Certain signs and symptoms can indicate whether or not a person has an eating disorder. The most typical are listed below. If you notice any of these in yourself or someone you know, you or that person may require professional assistance. Speak with your parents, a health counselor, or another adult you trust about getting properly assessed, diagnosed, and, if necessary, treated.

Physical signs and symptoms.

1.Significant weight loss (for people suffering from anorexia nervosa)

2.Variations in weight (for people with bulimia nervosa). The weight may fluctuate up and down or remain within the normal range.

3.Cold intolerance. The individual is easily chilled.

4.Abdominal pain, constipation, acid reflux, and other digestive issues are common.

5.Feeling dizzy and occasionally fainting

6.Either lethargy or excess energy, or alternating encounters with these two opposing states

7.Menstrual period irregularities

8.Dental problems (such as cavities, tooth discoloration and tooth sensitivity)

9.Skin, nails, and hair that are dry. In addition, the individual may have thinning hair and brittle nails.

10.Inadequate wound healing and immune function. She is susceptible to the flu and other common infections.

11.Salivary gland swelling (along the neck and jaw areas)


Behavioral signs.

  • Using layers or loose clothing to conceal weight loss (and also to stay warm)
  • Obsession with weight loss and dieting. The individual is very concerned about food options and nutritional data (calories, fat content, etc.). She may refuse to eat certain foods, such as carbohydrates or fats.
  • Frequently remarking that she is fat or overweight, despite the fact that this is clearly not the case
  • She frequently declares that she is not hungry, even during meal times when she should be.
  • Meal skipping or eating very little during meals
  • urging. This is accomplished by using the restroom before or after meals, vomiting, or using laxatives and diuretics.
  • Unusual food rituals include excessive chewing, not allowing different food items on her plate to touch, and eating only certain food types (for example, vegetables and salads only)
  • Excessive consumption of water or non-caloric beverages
  • Food hoarding in unusual locations
  • Excessive working out
  • Frequently checking her appearance in the mirror
  • Sleeping problems or inability to get a good night’s sleep

Emotional signs and symptoms.

* Fears eating in public or feels awkward eating with others

* Prefers to be alone and avoids friends and social gatherings.

* Has extreme mood swings

* Has a strong and irrational fear of gaining weight

* Her body has a distorted image

* Possibility of low self-esteem