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Red Flags

Understanding the red flags and warning signs of eating disorders can be extremely important in getting help. Early prevention will help contribute to better treatment outcomes. Below are some of the signs that a person struggling with an eating disorder may show. This list is not a complete list and should not be used in place of seeking professional assessment or help.

 

• Constant thoughts about weight
• Enjoyment of cooking for others but not for yourself
• Your weight determines your mood for the day
• Avoiding eating with family and friends
• Feeling guilty after eating
• Frequently comparing body size and shape to others
• Weight fluctuates drastically over short time spans
• Compulsively exercising
• Preoccupation with the eating behaviors of other people
• Menstrual irregularities
• Eating to relieve stress or depression
• Self-induced vomiting
• Laxative abuse
• Diuretic abuse
• Constant concern of being fat
• Difficulty concentrating
• Increased isolation
• Hair loss
• Preoccupation with nutrition, calories, food, cooking, and exercise
• Frequent weighing of self
• Binging uncontrollably on large amounts of food to the point of feeling sick
• Participation in frequent diets
• Lying to others about how you eat
• Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
• Dizzy spells, fainting, or blackouts
• Always feeling cold
• Fine body hair
• Swollen puffy cheeks
• Feeling confused about emotions or fear of expressing them
• Skipping school or work due to feeling fat or sick
• Eating the same rigid foods all the time
• Working out even when injured or sick
• Declining social engagements to work out
• Extremes in exercise regimen, either exercising excessively or not at all
• Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
• Purchasing clothing based on the size instead of the fit
 
 
 


If you or a loved one is experiencing some of the above symptoms, you may be undergoing an eating disorder. We can help. Please call our admissions specialists today at 866.482.3876