What Are the Symptoms & Signs of Anorexia Nervosa?
One of the most common misconceptions about anorexia nervosa is that sufferers are underweight, which is not always the case. In many instances, a patient with anorexia may appear to be healthy when they are actually malnourished. That’s why it’s important to understand all the warning signs and symptoms of anorexia.
Weight at or below 85 percent of Ideal Body Weight (IBW) for age
Dramatic Weight Loss
Significant/dramatic decrease in normal growth chart curve for weight
Excessive or compulsive exercise
Abnormally low heart rate
Lack of Menses
Absence of or delayed onset of or sporadic/light menses
A form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down
Fatigue, cold-intolerance, dizziness and/or hair thinning/loss
Behavioral Warning Signs
Extreme weight loss
Obsession with food, weight, calories and/or dieting
Sudden interest in diet
Sudden interest in “healthy” or clean eating, vegetarianism, veganism, elimination diets, etc.
Fear of weight gain
Not eating certain food
Refusal to eat certain foods or entire groups of foods (i.e. carbohydrates or desserts)
Strange eating habits or food rituals
Denial of hunger or weight loss
Withdrawal from friends, family and “normal” activities/routines
Know the anorexia warning signs and how to respond
Anorexia is an incredibly serious illness. But, thankfully, anorexia treatment offers each individual a chance for full recovery.
If you suspect that you, or someone you know, may need help for anorexia, seek a medical and psychological evaluation as quickly as possible. If left untreated, there can be far-reaching and possibly life-threatening health consequences.
Please call us at 877-825-8584 to schedule a free confidential consultation with an Eating Recovery Center Masters-level clinician so we can help you learn more about effective treatment options for eating disorders.