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What are the warning signs of anorexia?

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Even before you develop symptoms of anorexia, you may start to notice certain warning signs that you’re headed that way, including:

  • Constant worry about dieting, food, calories, and weight
  • You complain a lot about being “fat”
  • You refuse to eat whole groups of food, like carbohydrates
  • You pretend you’re not hungry when really you are
  • You stick to a difficult exercise schedule
  • You avoid friends and have no interest in your usual activities
  • You lie about how much food you’ve eaten
  • You check yourself in the mirror a lot
  • Not wanting to eat in public
  • You wear layers of clothes so people can’t see how much you weigh

From: What Are the Symptoms of Anorexia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Anorexia Nervosa.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Anorexia Nervosa.”

HealthTalk.org: “Eating Disorders and Thought Patterns.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Anorexia Nervosa.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Anorexia Nervosa.”

HealthTalk.org: “Eating Disorders and Thought Patterns.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

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