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What are the symptoms and behaviors common in people with anorexia?

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The following are common in people with anorexia:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Wearing loose, bulky clothes to hide weight loss
  • Preoccupation with food, dieting, counting calories, etc.
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, such as carbs or fats
  • Avoiding mealtimes or eating in front of others
  • Preparing elaborate meals but refusing to eat them
  • Exercising excessively
  • Making comments about being “fat”
  • Stopping menstruating
  • Constipation or stomach pain
  • Denying that extreme thinness is a problem

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

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