Know The Symptoms Of Eating Disorders And Nip Them In The Bud...

Symptoms Of Eating


There are many signs

and symptoms of eating


They are almost as

diverse as the people

who suffer them.

Sometimes, a particular

eating disorder shares

some symptoms with another eating disorder.

You have to look in closely for more symptoms to identify the particular


Here's a list of symptoms with brief explanations where necessary.

Note that the focus here is on Anorexia Nervosa.


Behavioral symptoms of anorexia eating disorder

  • Restricted eating, severe diets, and starvation.

    A victim of anorexia feels an urgency to shed weight fast.

    Even when he or she is of average weight or not fat at all.

  • Odd food rituals

    He or she keeps unnecessary and highly restrictive food rituals.

    For example, when I had anorexia nervosa eating disorder,

    I wouldn’t eat AFTER 5 pm.

    That's, for whatever little quantity I'd eat.

    And if for any reason I couldn’t catch lunch earlier,

    that was it for the day.

    I felt cool and okay with this till my body reached a crises point.

  • Avoidance of social situations where food may be present

If you've had

anorexia, you'll easily

identify with this.

You wouldn’t want to

attend functions where

food would be served.

I didn’t like the idea

of either messing up

people's event by

refusal to eat or

be seen picking at my food.

  • Compulsive exercise

    Check out this hot one. You just must exercise, come rain, come shine.

    Not to keep healthy.

    You exercise to keep your weight much lower than necessary.

    Even when family and friends say you look too thin.

  • Dressing in layers of clothing to keep warm.

    This symptom of anorexia eating disorder is easy to spot.

    I saw myself wearing sometimes three tops to keep warm

    I was often feeling cold, morning, afternoon, night.

    There was too little fat in me to keep me warm.

  • False  body image (seeing self as fat even when too thin)

    The mirror shows what you are.

    But because of the blinding effect of anorexia,

    you see your body as FAT always.

    There's also the daily fear of becoming fatter, in spite of the emaciated


  • Use of laxatives, enemas, or diuretics

    This is risky on the internals, especially with eating little or nothing.

  • Interest in cooking and feeding others

    While you pride yourself in having absolute control on what you eat,

    when and where you eat.


ATTITUDE expressed by Anorexia Nervosa victims

  • Depression and irritability.

    This is because the brain and body ain't getting what they need.

  • Prim and proper attitude

    Nothing must ever be out of place.

    You must keep to your schedule, no matter what.

    And everything and everybody must perform as expected.

  • Feeling of inadequacy.

    I could hardly trust me to deliver on anything.

    Even when others praised my delivery,

    I often felt I didn't and couldn't do well enough

  • Measure self-worth by controlled food intake.


Physiological Symptoms of Anorexia eating disorder

  • Fast weight Loss in a short time.

  • Irregular menstruation (in young women and women).

    Sometimes, the period stops for months.

    This is called amenorrhea.

  • Paleness

    Show of malnourished and undernourished body.

  • Complaints of feeling cold often

    for lack of body fat.

  • Dizziness and fainting spells

    I experienced dizziness almost daily.

  • Bone mineral loss, leading to osteoporosis

  • Irregular heartbeat and pain in the heart which

    can lead to cardiac arrest.

    This was most alarming to me when I started having the experience.

    Unfortunately, I never linked this to anorexia.

  • Loss of muscle and body fat

    This is evidenced by drastic weight loss on the scale and looks.

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia and poor sleeping habits

  • Restless legs

  • Headaches

  • Nausea and actual vomiting

  • Obsession with calories and fat content of foods

  • Hiding uneaten foods or flushing them down the toilet

  • Hair Loss and brittleness of hair

  • Dry and itchy skin

    Creams are hardly able to handle this.

    The problem is more severe than any cream could handle.

    Symptoms of Anorexia nervosa eating disorder could be more.

    But these ones are common.

 There are also more symptoms of eating disorders like

 Symptoms Of Binge and Symptoms Of Bulimia

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