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*Eating disorder symptoms*

Main Page....Figure Skating Issues....Eating Disorders....Signs and symptoms

Note: Remember that any combination of these symptoms may be present in ANY eating disorder (anoretics may binge and/or purge, bulimics may restrict, etc.), and not all signs are always present in every person who engages in these behaviors.

Food restriction
Purging/Excessive exercise
Binge eating
Other signs and symptoms

Signs of food restriction

  • Weight loss probable
  • Wearing baggy clothing (to hide weight loss)
  • Making excuses for not eating
  • Hides food or lies about eating habits
  • Making lists of "good" and "bad" foods
  • Refusing to eat certain foods
  • Obsessively measuring/weighing food
  • Looks pale
  • Finding diet pills or chromium supplements
  • Complains of being light headed
  • Constantly feeling cold at normal room temperatures
  • Fingernails turning blue
  • Dizzy or fainting spells
  • Buying diet pills or appetite suppressants
  • On the head: hair loss or brittle hair
  • Other parts of the body: increased hair growth (lanugo)
  • Unexplained lost or irregular menstrual cycle

    Purging, excessive exercise, diuretic or laxative abuse, etc.

  • Weight loss possible
  • Scarring on the knuckles
  • Exercises more than necessary or healthy
  • Injuries from excessive exercise
  • Exhaustion (from overexercise or dehydration)
  • Frequent visits to bathroom
  • Frequent trips to drug store
  • Eating a lot but not gaining weight
  • Wrappers of diuretics, laxatives, etc.
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Frequent dizzy or fainting spells (due to dehydration)
  • Odor of vomit in the bathroom
  • Red or puffy eyes
  • Swollen face or "chipmunk cheeks"

    Binge eating

  • Large quantities of food mysteriously disappearing
  • Frequent trips to grocery store
  • Weight gain possible
  • Dramatic weight flucuations possible
  • Eating much more rapidly than usual
  • Frequently eating well past the "full point"
  • Subjective experience of eating being "out of control"
  • Eating large quantities of food when not physically hungry
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolation and eating in secret

    Other signs and symptoms

  • Preoccupation with weight, diet, food, and calories.
  • Cooking for others (may or may not eat what they make)
  • Consumption of large amounts of no-calorie foods (gum, coffee, diet drinks, etc.)
  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
  • Bruises easily
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Becomes socially withdrawn or depressed
  • Low self-esteem, or self-worth based on weight or size
  • Complaints of being "fat" or a distorted body image
  • Becoming withdrawn or "testy" at meal times
  • Development of rituals at meal time (e.g. eating foods in a certain order, wiping mouth between bites)

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