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Signs of Anorexia

Symptoms of Anorexia

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anorexia may include:

Note that Anorexia symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Anorexia signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Anorexia:

Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Anorexia is identified in part by refusal to eat, an intense desire to be thin, repeated dieting attempts, and excessive weight loss. To maintain an abnormally low weight, people with anorexia may diet, fast, or over exercise. They often engage in behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. People with anorexia believe that they are overweight even when they are extremely thin. Often, the beginning of illness will occur after a stressful life event such as initiation of puberty or moving out of the parents' home. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)

A Person with Anorexia may…

  • Eat only 'safe' foods, usually those low in calories and fat
  • Have odd rituals, such as cutting food into small pieces
  • Spend more time playing with food than eating it
  • Cook meals for others without eating · Engage in compulsive exercising
  • Dress in layers to hide weight loss
  • Spend less time with family and friends, become more isolated, withdrawn, and secretive
(Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH (Excerpt)

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Resistance to maintaining body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height

  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight

  • Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight

  • Infrequent or absent menstrual periods (in females who have reached puberty)
(Source: excerpt from Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH)

More Symptoms of Anorexia:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Anorexia article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

These general reference articles may be related to medical signs and symptoms of disease in general:

What are the signs of Anorexia?

The phrase "signs of Anorexia" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Anorexia that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Anorexia" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Anorexia.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Anorexia. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Anorexia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Anorexia signs or Anorexia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Anorexia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Anorexia symptoms.


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