What are some of the warning signs?

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two conditions that can have serious consequences. They are also two conditions that signal a person is feeling out of control and/or unhappy with him or her self. What are the warning signs that someone may be suffering from these conditions? 


Some behaviors that may indicate a person is struggling with anorexia are:

  • under-eating and or skipping meals entirely  insisting one is fat when the person is clearly too thin 
  • hiding one’s body with big baggy clothes  
  • cutting food into small pieces and moving them around the plate instead of eating 
  • having a very limited amount of foods that she will eat 
  • depression 
  • exercising excessively and obsessively 

While these are some physical signs that may indicate a person is struggling with anorexia:

  • loss of periods 
  • extreme sensitivity to cold 
  • loss of bone and muscle strength 
  • blotchy skin that is covered with fine hair P


These are the behavioral warning signs for bulimia:

  • excessive exercise
  • buying large amounts of food that disappear right away
  • regularly going to the bathroom after meals
  • buying laxatives, diet pills or emetics (drugs that cause vomiting)

Here are some physical signs that may indicate a person is suffering from bulimia:

  • broken blood vessels in the eyes from the strain of vomiting
  • dry mouth
  • chronically sore throat
  • swollen glands in the neck
  • sensitive and decaying teeth
  • reflux (a condition when the gastric juices of the stomach enter the esophagus)
  • intestinal distress from laxative use
  • kidney problems from diuretic abuse
  • severe dehydration from vomiting
(Source: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml)

If you know of anyone (including yourself) who has these symptoms and you suspect that they (or you) may have an eating disorder, please check out the next post.

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